By: David Grening
ELMONT, N.Y. – Feathered was an odds-on favorite in her first two starts, winning a maiden race by 9 3/4 lengths at 4-5 after getting beat a head in her debut at 3-5.
Her backers figure to get a bigger price on Feathered in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes, where she will take on graded stakes winners Cavorting and Condo Commando. Seven 2-year-old fillies were entered for the Frizette, a one-turn, one-mile race that awards the winner a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
“She ran well both times, seemed to improve a bit in her second start,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “She’s bred to go longer. We’re optimistic she’ll handle the added distance.”
Cavorting won her debut here by 11 lengths in July before coming from off the pace to win the Grade 2 Adirondack on Aug. 10.
Condo Commando has won both of her starts by double-digit lengths, including the Grade 1 Spinaway by 13 1/4 lengths. Her victory in the Spinaway came over a sloppy track, and rain is in the forecast for Saturday.
Others entered in the Spinaway are By the Moon, Cayman Croc, Ring Knocker, and Wonder Gal.