Dance to Bristol put in her final work at the Bowie Training Center Friday morning, eight days before the $1
million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
The Ollie Figgins III trainee stopped the clock in 58.60, the fastest
drill of the morning at the 5-furlong distance. Regular rider Xavier
Perez was aboard.
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is what we needed today,” Figgins said. “I generally don’t like to let
her rock that much but I usually work her seven days out. Today we are
eight so I wanted a little more.”
to Bristol has won seven of her nine starts this year, including three
graded stakes races. The daughter of Speightstown began her 4-year old
campaign with a second place finish in the What A Summer Stakes at
Laurel Park in January.
with Perez picking up the mount, the filly reeled off seven straight
victories from February through August, including a win in the Skipat
Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness weekend and three graded
races in New York: Bed Of Roses (G3), Honorable Miss (G2) and Ballerina
have the opportunity to ride a horse of this caliber is a dream come
true,” Perez said. “We are going to the Super Bowl of racing, going
against the best of the best. It is an unbelievable feeling to know that
I am going into the race with a horse that has a shot to win the race.
We have been competing against most of the same runners next weekend.”
The Filly & Mare Sprint is also expected to feature defending champion Groupie Doll
and Book Review, who finished behind Dance to Bristol in the Ballerina at Saratoga.
Figgins indicated his star would ship to Southern California tomorrow morning. A
victory next Saturday would likely mean an Eclipse Award in the filly and mare sprint
have a very live shot and I always feel that with her,” added Figgins.
“Every time she goes to the gate I feel like she is going to be the
winner because she gives it her all. It is a great thrill to have a nice
horse with the talent to go to New York and win graded races. The Bed
of Roses performance was the race where I knew she was a horse of that
caliber. It has been a lot of fun.”
To Bristol has 10 wins and eight second place finishes in 19 career
starts with earnings of $980,880. She has raced nine times in Maryland
during her career with five victories and four runner-up finishes. She
broke her maiden on Oct. 29, 2011 at Laurel and also captured the 2012
Marshua Stakes at the central Maryland track.
BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC HAPPY HOUR
Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course will feature a Breeders’ Cup Classic Happy Hour
from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 where there will be half-priced drinks. Post time for
the $5 million Classic is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. Eastern.
POST TIME CHANGE
tomorrow afternoon, Laurel Park’s first post will shift to 12:35 p.m.
for the balance of the calendar year. Live racing continues on a
Wednesday through Saturday schedule (with holiday exceptions) through