Frank's Rockette captures the 2020 Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Photo by Ryan Thompson.

Frank’s Rockette Back at Gulfstream for Sugar Swirl Stakes

Edited Press Release

Frank’s Rockette will be on a quest to add another graded-stakes success to her resume on Dec. 18 at Gulfstream Park, where the Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.’s homebred filly scored the first stakes victory of her racing career nearly two years ago.

The 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief is scheduled to race seven other fillies and mares in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3), a six-furlong sprint that will be one of four graded-stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program that will be co-headlined by the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale (G2), a 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up; and the $150,000 Harlan’s Holiday (G3), a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

After breaking her maiden at first asking at Churchill Downs and finishing second in three Grade 1 stakes in a row in New York, Frank’s Rockette broke through with a victory in the ungraded Any Limit at Gulfstream in the first race of her 3-year-old campaign in February 2020. The Bill Mott trainee went on to win three graded stakes in a row in New York that season.

 “What’s so special is that she’s a homebred, so that makes it really nice. Eddie Woods, he broke her, and he said early on that she was going to have speed. He always was kind of enthused about her so we kind of thought she was going to be special,” said Kathy Howard, racing manager for Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.

Howard’s late husband, W. T. Howard, trained Frank’s Rockette’s dam, Rocket Twentyone, a Grade 3 stakes winner who was bought at auction for $300,000.

“My husband trained the mare and then he died unexpectedly, so it’s real emotional for me,” Howard said. “I’m just glad for everything. We’ve always loved the mare and Billy’s really managed her well and put her in good spots.”

Junior Alvarado has the call aboard Frank’s Rockette.

OXO Equine LLC’s Center Aisle will seek her first stakes victory Saturday while coming off a pair of impressive of optional claiming and allowance victories at Churchill Downs and Keeneland in her first two starts for trainer Paulo Lobo. Formerly trained by Chad Brown, the 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief finished third behind Frank’s Rockette in both the Victory Ride (G3) and Prioress (G2) last year.

Luis Saez is scheduled to ride Center Aisle for the first time.

Breeze Easy LLC’s Bronx Beauty, who lost last year’s Sugar Swirl by a head, is slated to return in the six-furlong sprint. The 5-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Liaison is coming off an Sept. 6 allowance victory at Monmouth Park.

Anthony Margotta Jr. has named Tyler Gaffalione to ride Bronx Beauty.