TORONTO, October 15, 2023— In a last to first triumph, A Little Frisky gave Jockey Ryan Munger his first Woodbine Stakes win in the Glorious Song Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine.
A Little Frisky is trained by Josie Carroll and owned by Mark Dodson. This is the filly’s first win in two career starts, after finishing runner-up in her first start in a Maiden Special Weight on September 1st.
Mystic Lake broke ahead of the pack and maintained the lead past the quarter (in :22.75) with Bolt Enoree in second and Witwatersand in third. A Little Frisky, out of post 7, was last.
The field reached the half in :44.69, A Little Frisky remained at the back of the pack. Mystic Lake was first, favourite Witwatersand was second, Rosa was third, and Bolt Enoree was fourth.
Just before the turn, A Little Frisky quickly began making up ground along the rail. Down the stretch, Jockey Ryan Munger found a gap between Witwatersand and Rosa, passing the duo to challenge the leader. Just before the wire A Little Frisky took the lead from Mystic Lake, who finished second. Witwatersand was third and Uphill Dance was fourth.
The final time was 1:21.87
“Got the monkey of my back, it feels great. It all worked out and the plan came together.” said jockey Ryan Munger, who captured his first Stakes. “Josie Carroll gave me a lot of instructions and big thanks to her, she had the filly in spot on condition.”
“It was actually a funny race, I didn’t get the best of jumps, which was a bit unfortunate. There were 4 horses abreast, and I decided it is a very competitive field and the only way I can knockout punch was to save ground and take a chance. So that’s what I did, then I just waited for the gaps to open,” said Munger.
Trainer Josie Carroll sees a bright future for the young filly. “We loved this filly from the start, but she is still very immature, there’s nothing but upside to her. She’s got a lot of growing up and learning to do. But she was brave and bold today, we are very proud of her”, Carroll commented.
A Little Frisky paid a generous $15.00 to win.