Impressed by Moment in Dixie's
sharp score in an optional claimer on Wednesday, trainer Jimmy Toner
said he would give careful consideration to running the 4-year-old filly
next in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina on August 23.
Moment in Dixie won Wednesday at the Ballerina distance of seven furlongs by 2 ½ lengths in a time of 1:24.18.
"That's a big jump, but I
would love to get some black type on her," Toner said. "She came back
very good. It set up good for her. She had a nice prep down there [on
June 14 at Belmont] and ran good yesterday, so we were very happy with
Moment in Dixie, out of
the multiple-graded-stakes-winning Darby Dan Farm mare Ellie's Moment,
is from the last crop of top sire Dixieland Band, who died at age 30 in
2010. Toner said he did a double-take when he first saw Moment in
"I said, 'Is it Dixieland Band or Dixie Union?'" he said.
Dixieland Band covered
Ellie's Moment at age 28 in 2008. Moment in Dixie has won three of eight
starts and along with her victory Wednesday, she finished second in a 1
1/8-mile overnight stakes at Saratoga last summer and second in another
two-turn stakes race at Monmouth Park.