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Dance And Dance Headed to Shadwell Turf

Mohammed Rashid’s Dance And Dance (IRE) started on phase two of his North American campaign Monday morning by working a half-mile in :47.40 over the main track at Keeneland in preparation for Saturday’s Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).


With exercise rider Jerry O’Dwyer up, Dance And Dance covered the first quarter-mile in :24.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40.


“He does most of his training back home on synthetic surfaces and I felt it was a little bit too quick to work him on the grass here,” said trainer Edward Vaughn, who is based at Newmarket. “I’d say 90 percent of our training is on synthetic.”


The Shadwell Turf Mile will give the 37-year-old Vaughn a chance to saddle his first starter in the United States. He accompanied Dance And Dance to Woodbine, where he finished sixth behind Turallure in the Woodbine Mile (G1) under Jamie Spencer, who will have the riding assignment here Saturday.


“He was blocked in up there and had nowhere to run,” Vaughn said. “It is like his races at home. A paper there called him the unluckiest horse in England because he just seems to into trouble in all of his races.”


A winner of one of eight starts in 2011, Dance And Dance has been competitive in all races but one in which he missed the break and was rushed up before fading in a handicap at Sandown.


“He has come up through the ranks and he has probably improved 20 pounds this year,” Vaughn said. “It took him five starts to break his maiden and now he has carried up to 136 pounds in top handicaps and giving weight to some useful horses.”


Dance And Dance finished 1¾ lengths behind Turallure. He shipped to Keeneland on Wednesday from Woodbine.


“If he ran well there, we decided we would take on a two-race program with him in North America,” Vaughn said. “He is a 5-year-old gelding and we will keep on going forward with him as long as he is doing well.”


Vaughn will not have to wait long for a second Keeneland starter. Stars to Shine, a stakes winner at Woodbine this summer, is shipping in from Woodbine for Sunday’s Juddmonte Spinster (G1).


“I own 25 percent of her in the Grange House Partnership,” Vaughn said of Stars to Shine, who was trained at Woodbine by Mark Frostad. “We sent her to Canada because the money was so good.”



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Dance and Dance has run primarily in Mile Handicaps this season, most of them in the UK. His biggest effort all season was his 2nd place finish to Side Glance in the G3 Sovereign Stakes Salisbury. Frankly, Dance and Dance just isn't a G1 level turf miler. Should both of them run anywhere near their official marks? I think the Shadwell Turf Mile ultimately comes down to a 2-horse between Gio Ponti and Zoffany. TJMO.

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