Sagamore Farm’s homebred Daring Dancer remained undefeated in three
starts as she rallied for a 2½- length victory over Sweet Acclaim (IRE)
to win the 26th running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3)
Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies before a
Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,442.
Trained by Graham Motion and given a ground-saving trip by Alan
Garcia, Daring Dancer covered the mile on a turf course listed as firm
The victory was the third of the day for Motion, who won this race in 2010 with Check the Label.
Lacarolina (FR) led the field of nine through opening fractions of
:23.44 and :47.61 while being closely pursued by Kitten Kaboodle and
Zinzay. Garcia had Daring Dancer in fifth and next to the rail while
waiting until the head of the stretch, where she was able to split
rivals and kick clear.
Daring Dancer is a Maryland-bred daughter of Empire Maker out of the
Red Ransom mare Vienna Affair (GB) who now has earned $104,580. The
Appalachian marked her 2014 debut.
Daring Dancer returned $12.60, $6.40 and $4.40. Sweet Acclaim, ridden
by Rosie Napravnik, returned $9.80 and $5.40 in finishing 1¾ lengths in
front of favored Recepta, who paid $3 to show under Joel Rosario.
It was 3½ lengths farther back to Kitten Kaboodle, who was followed
in order by Annulment, Lacarolina, Zinzay, False Clock and Babe’s Ruler.