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Dance Quietly Roars Home in Busanda

Dance Quietly, carrying the colors of the late Edward P. Evans, rallied along the rail Saturday afternoon to win the 38th running of the $65,000 Busanda at Aqueduct Racetrack, giving the stable its first winner since the prominent owner and breeder passed away on December 31.


The homebred daughter of  A.P. Indy filly, a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam and the favorite in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies, raced in fourth as Queen’s Harbor led through an opening half-mile in 48.19 and three-quarters in 1:13.69. Sent through an opening on the inside by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Dance Quietly quickly drove to the front and went on to a 1 ¾-length victory over Moonlit Malibu.


Her winning time for the mile and 70 yards was 1:45.05 over a fast track, and gave Dominguez his fourth of five winners on the day.


“It looked like she was beat at the five-sixteenths pole, but when the rail opened up for us, that was very helpful and she got through,” said Dominguez, the leading rider on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit for the last two years. “I felt like she was kind of green, looking around, so there is room for improvement.”


It was the second straight win for Dance Quietly, who broke her maiden in her third career start at Monmouth Park in November. Seventh in her debut at Saratoga Race Course in August, the gray filly next finished second to Joyful Victory at Delaware Park at the Busanda distance.


“She’s obviously a talented horse with a bright future,” said Jonathan Thomas, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher. “For obvious reasons, it is a special win for us, and I’m sure for the whole team at the farm. She’s just one example of the great job Mr. Evans has done as a breeder. We are going to miss him.”


Sent off at 8-5 by the crowd of 5,201, Dance Quietly returned $5.40 for a $2 win wager. Racing in the name of the Edward P. Evans Foundation and carrying his familiar yellow-and-black silks, she doubled her earnings to $77,950 with the winner’s purse of $39,000.


Moonlit Malibu was another 1 ¾ lengths ahead of Daring Reality, with Lake Song, Queen’s Harbor, Bandola, and Aba Dabbler completing the order of finish.





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