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Dance Card Latest Grade I Winner for Godolphin

Dance Card (no. 2), ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, wins the 117th running of the grade 1 Gazelle Stakes for three year old fillies on November 24, 2012 at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, New York. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)

Dance Card’s victory in Saturday’s Gazelle capped a high-quality year for Godolphin Racing, becoming the outfit’s fifth winner of a Grade 1 in 2012. The 3-year-old Tapit filly joined the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Emcee (Forego), Alpha (Travers), Questing (Alabama, Coaching Club American Oaks) and It’s Tricky (Ogden Phipps Handicap) in capturing some of the most prestigious events on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit.

Through Saturday, Godolphin runners were 14-6-9 from 49 starts and earned nearly $3.6 million, with 11 of those wins coming in graded stakes.

“If you put Darley and Godolphin together, it would be $7 million, almost,” said McLaughlin. “It was a pretty good year from only 40-odd starts.”

For Dance Card, the Gazelle was her fourth straight victory and first in a graded race, and was accomplished despite drifting out in the stretch.

“If someone acts up in the gate, you take them to the gate in the morning and school them, and watch them get better,” said McLaughlin. “When they don’t do anything wrong in training, and they do it the afternoon of the race, it can be very frustrating, but not so bad if they’re five in front. Now that she’s won a Grade 1, we may tinker a bit with her equipment.”

McLaughlin said that Irsaal, who finished seventh in the Grade 2 Remsen, returned from his efforts in good shape and may move to the turf this winter in Florida.

 

 

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