Frostie Anne chills com­pe­ti­tion with fron­trun­ning Bio­gio’s Rose vic­tory

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stan Hudy [email protected]­gian.com @StanHudy on Twit­ter

OZONE PARK, N.Y. >> Michael Im­pe­rio and Rudy Ro­driguez’s Frostie Anne surged to the lead and never looked back, post­ing a gate-to-wire six-length win in the fourth run­ning of the $100,000 Bio­gio’s Rose for New York-bred fil­lies and mares 4-year­sold and up on Sun­day at Aqueduct Race­track.

Af­ter run­ning fifth last out at 1 1/8 miles in the Bay Ridge, Frostie Anne looked com­fort­able cut­ting back to one mile, lead­ing the six-horse field through the open­ing quar­ter-mile in 23.35 sec­onds, the half in 46.51 and three­quar­ters in 1:11.21 on the main track la­beled fast.

Jockey Hec­tor Rafael Diaz, Jr., bid­ding for his sec­ond ca­reer stakes win over­all and first NYRA stakes vic­tory, kept Frostie Anne in com­mand com­ing out of the turn, where the 9-1 choice ex­tended her lead over No Hayne No Gayne and cruised in the stretch, hit­ting the wire in 1:37.32 to notch her first win since the Saratoga Dew on Au­gust 17.

Frostie Anne, who is also trained by Ro­driguez, is a Gold mem­ber of the NYRA Starter Loy­alty pro­gram. The 6-yearold Frost Gi­ant mare, bred in New York by Mr. and Mrs. Grant L. Whit­mer, re­turned $21.40 on a $2 win bet and im­proved her ca­reer earn­ings to more than a half-mil­lion dol­lars [$528,063].

“She’s al­ways trained very good. We were just dis­ap­pointed with her last cou­ple of races,” Ro­driguez said. “I have to give all the credit to Hec­tor. He’s been breez­ing her in the morn­ings and he’s re­ally got­ten to know her. I just told him not to fight her, to let her do what she’s com­fort­able do­ing be­ing up front, and ev­ery­thing worked out per­fect for us to­day. We just have to keep go­ing from here.”

Diaz, Jr. en­tered the race with one vic­tory in his first 41 starts of 2019 but reg­is­tered his sec­ond ca­reer stakes win and first since cap­tur­ing the Soror­ity in Septem­ber at Mon­mouth Park.

“I had a per­fect trip. She just went easy up­front,” Diaz said. “She likes to be on the lead and Rudy had the blink­ers on her to­day, which helped her stay fo­cused. When I asked her for more, she did it easy.”

Mid­night Dis­guise, the 2-1 fa­vorite for trainer Linda Rice, ral­lied from fifth in the stretch for run­ner- up sta­tus, fin­ish­ing one length ahead of Sil­ver mem­ber Bonita Bianca.

No Hayne No Gayne, Play­in­with­the­boys and Frosty Mar­garita com­pleted the or­der of fin­ish. Un­bri­dledad­ven­ture was scratched, as was Split Time at the gate.

Live rac­ing will re­turn Fri­day at Aqueduct with an eight-race card. First post time is 12:50 p.m.

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