Dance to Bristol
extended her winning streak to five by coming from just off the pace to
win the Grade 3, $150,000 Bed o’ Roses Handicap on Saturday at
Seeking her first graded stakes triumph, Dance to
raced in third as Fantasy of Flight set fractions of 23.01 and 45.80
seconds. Kept outside of Fantasy of Flight and Delightful Quality, Dance
to Bristol made a steady advance in the three
path and took over at the top of the stretch, inching away under Xavier
Perez’s drive to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Fantasy of Flight.
the 8-5 favorite, returned $5.30 for a $2 win wager and completed seven
furlongs in 1:20.81. It marked the first graded stakes win for both
Perez and trainer Ollie Figgins, III.
“I let her do what she always does, which is break good and
settle behind horses,” said Perez. “When I asked her to run - to put her
on the outside - I did it right
away because she doesn’t like to be between horses too much. I tried to
get her on the best part of the track, and I did. Approaching the
quarter pole, I just shook my reins at her a little bit and she just
took off running. Down from the quarter pole to the
wire was just an easy jog for her.”
streak began this winter at Laurel Park when she won a pair of optional
claimers at Laurel Park. Since then, the 4-year-old daughter of
Speightstown has raced exclusively in stakes, taking
the Sugar Maple in April at Charles Town and the Skipat on May 17 at
“Whenever you have a [winning] streak like that, it’s just hard
for a horse to perform like that every time, and she seems to do it,
somehow,” said Figgins. “As long
as she stays healthy, hopefully it will keep happening.”
Owned by Susan H. Wantz, Dance to
Bristol is 8-7-0 in 16 starts and has earned $500,880. Her Bed o’ Roses win was worth $90,000.
Delightful Quality was third, followed by slow-starting Withgreatpleasure and Willet.