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Ballerina Might Be Next for Moment in Dixie

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 her."


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 Dixie's pedigree.


"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.



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