Frivolous, She’s Not Here Give Oliver Two Strong Grade 1 Shots For Keeneland’s Opening Weekend

by | 09.28.2015 | 1:50pm
Vicki Oliver feeds a cookie to Distaff contender Frivolous at their base at Keeneland

G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm Racing of Ian Banwell's She's Not Here tuned up for an expected start in Saturday's $400,000 First Lady (G1) by working a half-mile on the all-weather training track in :49.40 Monday morning for trainer Vicki Oliver.

She's Not Here, along with the Humphrey-owned Frivolous, who is being pointed to Sunday's $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), could give Oliver her first stakes triumph at Keeneland.

Both horses are coming up to their races in top form. She's Not Here won the Yellow Ribbon (G2) at Del Mar in her most recent start and Frivolous is fresh off an 8-length triumph in the Locust Grove at Churchill Downs.

She's Not Here, a 4-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE), has won three of her past four races since Oliver added blinkers.

“The blinkers have made her much more focused,” Oliver said. “Before, she had a tendency to stop when she got to the front. I put them on her at Churchill when she won with Robby (Albarado). She really liked the course at Del Mar, and Mike Smith, who rode her there, is coming in to ride her Saturday.

“It would be nice to win that. Well, actually, it would be nice to win both of them.”

Frivolous, who also won the Fleur de Lis (G2) this summer at Churchill Downs, came from far off the pace to win the Locust Grove.

“That definitely was not the plan,” Oliver said of Frivolous, who usually runs on or near the lead. “She broke flat-footed and then got shuffled back. She is training well and the plan is to go in the Spinster and hopefully the (Longines) Breeders' Cup (Distaff at Keeneland on Oct. 30).

“A lot of horses for the Breeders' Cup like to sit close (to the pace), and it is nice to have that dynamic (to make one late run).”

In her most recent start at Keeneland, Frivolous finished sixth in an allowance race in April that marked her 2015 debut. Following an off-the-board finish in the La Troienne (G1) on May 1, Frivolous caught fire with the Fleur de Lis victory and a runner-up finish in the Delaware Handicap (G1) to top older mare Sheer Drama.

“We always thought she had the ability,” Oliver said of the 5-year-old daughter of Empire Maker. “She has really matured and is putting it all together.”

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