Friday, August 23, 2013
Dance to Bristol captures Ballerina
By Jack Shinar
Dance to Bristol ran her winning streak to seven races with her first Grade 1 tally in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes, staving off favored Book Review by a head with determination Aug. 23 at Saratoga Race Course.
Ridden by Xavier Perez, second choice Dance to Bristol took the lead from pacesetter Classic Point at the furlong mark and held forth under urging in a terrific finish in the final sixteenth. The time for the seven-furlong test for fillies and mares was 1:23.11 on a fast track.
Ollie Figgins III trains the winning 4-year-old daughter of Speightstown for owner Susan Wantz. Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. David Garner, the chestnut filly is out of the winning Louis Quatorze mare Dance to Dawn.
Dance to Bristol earns an automatic starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park as part of the "Win & You're In" challenges series. Book Review was second, with the late-running Villanesca narrowly taking third over 60-1 outsider Street Girl.
Princess Rooney Handicap winner Judy the Beauty, bet to 3-1 in the 10-horse field, was scratched at the post after apparently injuring herself in the starting gate.