by Karen M. Johnson
Dance Away Capote left no doubts as to who was best in the $113,500 Noble Damsel Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park Sept. 15.
Dance Away Capote, who came flying through the stretch, was a 4 1/2-length winner over another closer, Fantastic Shirl, in the one-mile turf race for fillies and mares. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to the 3-1 favorite, Pommes Frites, in third.
Dance Away Capote, a 5-year-old daughter of Capote, was ridden to victory by Alan Garcia. She returned $20.40. The final time, over the firm Widener Turf, was 1:34 4/5.
Trained by Barclay Tagg, Dance Away Capote is owned by Robert S. Evans.
In her previous start, Dance Away Capote finished fifth in the Ballston Spa Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Tagg said the Noble Damsel unfolded to Dance Away Capote’s advantage.
The pace, which was set by Rahy’s Appeal and Bayou’s Lassie, was solid -- :22 4/5 and :46.
Bayou’s Lassie held a short advantage after six furlongs was run in 1:10 3/5.
“She just has to have things go her way and she did today,” Tagg said. “She came a bit wide and she got spun off the turn; I thought it might take something out of her.”
“(The mile is good for her) when the speed comes back, which is difficult,” he said. “It depends upon the pace of the race, too. She was so far behind, I had my doubts. She’s a lovely filly. Grass is probably a little easier on her. I don’t know where we will go next."
Dance Away Capote’s record is 7-2-2 in 19 starts, with earnings of $565,863.