LF Curly stuns field in Miss Roxie Little Futurity

After just barely making the cut to compete in the final, LF Curly proved she was a legitimate contender as she rallied home the winner in the ninth running of the $188,200 Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana Grand Saturday, Oct. 21. The two-year-old filly stunned the field of nine to fend off Be Afraid and Alonso Rivera at the finish for the win, the first of her career.

 

LF Curly and jockey Shanley Jackson rally home as winners in a surprising upset to win the $188,200 Miss Roxie Little Futurity at Indiana Grand Sat. Oct. 21. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

Starting from post six, LF Curly had no issues getting out of the starting gate and had a straight path during the 350-yard dash. The daughter of One Famous Versace had a nose in front early and was being pursued strongly by Be Afraid throughout the race. Be Afraid started closing the gap in the final strides of the exciting finish that awarded LF Curly the win by just a nose over Be Afraid. Fish Head and Luis Guerrero was also on the winning end of a tight photo for third, finishing just a nose ahead of Air Born Rio and James Flores for the show spot. The time of the race was :17.992 seconds

 LF Curly, the slowest qualifier for the Roxie Little Futurity Final, was the second longest shot on the board, paying $49.60, $11.60 and $9.80. The small bay filly is bred and owned by Dan Frazier, who was in South Carolina to meet his latest grandchild and watched the race on television.

 

The connections of LF Curly were a little stunned and surprised after their win in the $188,200 Miss Roxie Little Futurity Sat. Oct. 21 at Indiana Grand. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

“I’m glad we got this win for him (Dan Frazier) tonight,” said his son, Matt Frazier, who now handles all the training duties for the stable. “We knew the third time out of the gate that this could be a nice filly. She showed us that night what she could do and she could run. We really have to give credit to the blacksmith. He was able to glue four shoes on that were a size bigger because she is small and has such tiny feet. That helped her a lot tonight.”

 Another aspect that helped LF Curly for her win was the reconnection with Jockey Shanley Jackson. Jackson, who has been the first call rider for the Frazier Stable for the past few years, was injured in a starting gate mishap earlier this year and missed several months of action. He recently returned to the track just in time to ride LF Curly in the trials of the Miss Roxie Little Futurity.

Jon Schuster, vice president and general manager of racing (left) joins the winning connections of LF Curly for the trophy presentation in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity. Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital also provided a blanket to LF Curly, represented by the office manager Kristin Hutchison. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 “First of all, I have to give credit to God and thanks to Mr. Matt (Frazier) and his family for putting me on this filly,” said Jackson. “Especially since I’m just coming off an injury and just got back. After she just barely qualified for the final, I was a little worried, but Mr. Matt told me, ‘don’t worry about it. I got you,’ and he did. The credit goes to Mr. Matt and his team. They have worked really hard on her since the trials, and she was really good and happy tonight.”

 LF Curly scored her maiden breaking win in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity in her fourth career start. The addition of the $103,000 to her bankroll was a big boost for her connections to complete her two-year-old season.

Martha Claussen, Wrangler Q-Racing Ace, talks with Jockey Shanley Jackson and Trainer Matt Frazier following their surprise visit to the winner’s circle with LF Curly following the Miss Roxie Little Futurity. (Photo by Linscott Photography)

 “She (LF Curly) will have a nice long winter out in a cold field,” added Frazier. “Then we will get her ready for her three-year-old campaign.”