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2013 Ballerina Stakes Results

Jockey Xavier Perez celebrates aboard Dance to Bristol after winning the Ballerina Stakes.
Date: 08/23/2013

Kicking off the graded stakes action on Travers weekend, a field of 10 older fillies and mares (after the late scratch of Judy the Beauty) sprinted 7 furlongs on Friday afternoon in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (G1), a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" event for the Filly and Mare Sprint. 22,215 were on hand under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. A Gleam Handicap (G2) winner Book Review was sent off as the 3-2 favorite. In to challenge her included 7-4 second choice Dance to Bristol, winner of her last 6 including the Honorable Miss (G2), and 11-2 third choice Starship Truffles, winner of the Princess Rooney (G1).

Down the stretch in the Ballerina.

Jockey Alex Solis sent 19-1 Classic Point to the lead exiting the chute and she set fractions of 23.03 and 45.89 over the fast track while stalked by 15-1 Fantasy of Flight. On the far turn, Dance to Bristol, who settled in fourth early, came out 4 wide to pass the tiring pacesetters, gaining a short lead at the 1/8 pole through 3/4 in 1:10.45. Book Review, 7th early, came out 5 wide into the lane and closed with a rush but Dance to Bristol held her off by a head in 1:23.11. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 14-1 Villanesca third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 1   Dance to Bristol   Perez         5.50    3.10  2.50
 5   Book Review        Bejarano              2.90  2.40
 2   Villanesca         Velazquez                   4.50

Winning Time:  1:23.11

$2 Exacta 1-5                16.20
$2 Trifecta 1-5-2           109.00
$2 Superfecta 1-5-2-4     1,939.00
Results Chart

Left: Dance to Bristol in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Ollie Figgins III said, "Her will to win is what makes her special. Book Review had dead aim on her inside the eighth pole. Once she saw her coming, she just wouldn't let her by. She broke nice and clean and Xavier just let her get her rhythm. She eased to the outside a little past the 1/2 mile pole, it looked like, and everything went pretty smooth. We knew we had a good horse, and we were hopeful."

Right: Dance to Bristol heads back to the barn after the race. Jockey Xavier Perez said, "I put her right behind the leaders and she just dropped the bit and got comfortable. When I asked her at the 5/16 to move, she responded pretty good and gave me 100% and just kept going. When she felt that horse, Book Review, coming on the outside, she just kept digging in. It worked out perfect, because the speed went. I was the only one that was right behind them. I looked outside and I was clear, so I started drifting out a little bit until I got the position where I wanted to be where I was sure nobody was going to come around me."

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Book Review returns after the race. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "I put my horse into position and followed the winner the whole race. I had an opportunity to pass her in the stretch, but the other horse never quit."

Right: Third place finisher Villanesca in the paddock before the race. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "We're happy. We wanted to win, but we'll take third. It was a great run, excellent ride, and we're happy we got third. It got a little tight, but (jockey John Velazquez) didn't have enough horse to stay up in there."

The first stakes race on Friday was the $100,000 Chowder's First Stakes for New York-bred older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs. 5-1 third choice N. F.'s Destiny was quickest away through an opening quarter of 21.76 before 9-10 favorite The Lumber Guy took over on the far turn through a half in 44.52. Entering the lane, 12-1 Palace and jockey Cornelio Velasquez, who was fourth down the backstretch, moved up to challenge for the lead, getting 3/4 in 1:09.21, and drew off to win by 3 lengths over The Lumber Guy in 1:15.70. It was another length back to 9-5 second choice Night Maneuver third.

Results Chart

Beaten favorite The Lumber Guy in the post parade. The favorite stalked the pace under jockey John Velazquez but could not contain the winner. The Mike Hushion trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 10 starts, earning $756,300 for owner Barry K. Schwartz.

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