Up In Smoke

Frank's Rockette Easy Choice in Victory Ride

'TDN Rising Star' Frank's Rockette (Into Mischief), never worse than second in seven lifetime starts, seeks her first graded win in Belmont's GIII Victory Ride S. at 6 1/2 furlongs. While her only black-type win was the ungraded Any Limit S. Feb. 22 at Gulfstream, she had a trio of seconds last year in the GI Frizette S., GI Spinaway S., and GII Adirondack S. ranging from 6 1/2 panels to eight furlongs. Since shipping up from Payson Park, the Bill Mott pupil has had three works at Belmont--two of...

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Upward Trajectory for Up in Smoke

Black Type Thoroughbreds and R.A. Hill Stable's Up in Smoke (The Big Beast) streaked to her third straight victory at Gulfstream Park Sunday and, while her late-running theatrics may cause anxious moments for her connections, if her powerful late kicks keep propelling her to victory, it's all ok with bloodstock agent Jake Ballis. "It's hard to watch because you can't see her for the entire race until they turn for home," said Ballis, who purchased the filly at last year's Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May sale. "But the replay is a lot...

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The Big Beast filly Smokes 'em at Gulfstream

10th-Gulfstream, $46,000, Alw (NW1$X)/Opt. Clm ($25,000), 4-5, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:11.37, ft. UP IN SMOKE (f, 3, The Big Beast--Therese, by Exchange Rate) came from off the pace in her debut to score against fellow Florida breds Feb. 8 before adding another to the win column as the 4-5 choice in an optional claimer at the Hallandale oval Mar. 5. Sent off the even-money choice to remain undefeated here, she was unhurried early as Midtown Rose (Gary D) carved out opening fractions of :22.48 and :45.54. Asked for more by...

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