Dancing Edie to Defend John Mabee Crown

Dancing Edie to Defend John Mabee Crown
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Dancing Edie (1) shown winning the 2006 Mabee, will try for a repeat in 2007.
Dancing Edie has but one way to go, so unless something goes amiss, trainer Craig Dollase expects her to lead the field as she attempts to defend her crown in the $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on the Del Mar turf Aug. 4.

“She will be setting the pace,” Dollase said.  That is the only way she knows how to run, and there is no need to change her style, he added. Speed earned Dancing Edie a victory in last year’s renewal of the 1 1/8-mile race on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Under Corey Nakatani, she set all the fractions and held on to nose out Moscow Burning in that race.

Nakatani will ride Dancing Edie for the sixth straight time Aug. 4 when she carries 119 pounds. Dancing Edie did not break cleanly in her last start, the CashCall Mile Invitational (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park July 6, and finished eighth after tiring.

Nonetheless, Dollase says, “She’s been a lovely horse for me.”

Owners J. Paul Reddam, Julian Basin, and Fast Lane Farms bought the filly as a 3-year-old after she broke her maiden. She went on to finish third in the 2005 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) behind Singhalese and Three Degrees. The California-bred daughter of Moscow Ballet, now 5, has a win and a third in two tries on the Durante grass.

There will be an added dimension for Dollase in this year’s Mabee because his father, Wally Dollase, has shipped the filly Take the Ribbon in from Kentucky. Take the Ribbon, a 4-year-old daughter of Chester House, arrived Aug. 31 in the hands of Craig Dollase’s sister, Aimee, who serves as her father’s assistant in the Bluegrass state.

Take the Ribbon finished third in her most recent start, the Just a Game Stakes (gr. IIT) June 9 at Belmont Park. Before that she was a nose winner in the Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day, May 5. She has three wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 11 starts for earnings of $315,402. Under Victor Espinoza, she will carry 117 pounds.

The elder Dollase is scheduled to arrive at Del Mar Aug. 3.  Craig Dollase noted that the next day's clash will not be the first for the father and son since Craig went on his own several years ago.

The Mabee field of six fillies and mares is stocked with other graded stakes winners. Heading the list is the grade I winner Price Tag, top-weighted at 121 pounds, who will be ridden by Alex Solis for trainer Bobby Frankel. The Juddmonte Farms' 4-year-old daughter of Dansili, out of the Affirmed mare Tarocchi, won her U.S. debut last fall in the Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. Price Tag is coming off a close third-place finish as the 4-5 choice in the CashCall Mile Invitational.

Sarah and Kenneth Ramsey's Precious Kitten, the Gallorette Handicap winner at Pimlico this spring, finished second in the CashCall Mile after leading the field into deep stretch, yielding late to Lady of Venice. Precious Kitten carries 119 with Rafael Bejarano Aug. 4.

Memorette is winless in four starts this year and has not been victorious since capturing the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) last June at Hollywood. Andrea, a New Zealand-bred, had one of her two starts since coming to the United States for trainer Roger Stein.

Trainer Carla Gaines, who indicated she would run undefeated Nashoba's Key in the Mabee, is instead headed for the Aug. 5 $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.

$400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT, Race 9, 6 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Dancing Edie (CA), 119, Corey S. Nakatani
2. Memorette (CA), 115, Mike E. Smith
3. Price Tag (GB), 121, Alex O. Solis
4. Andrea (NZ), 113, Michael C. Baze
5. Precious Kitten (KY), 119, Rafael Bejarano
6. Take the Ribbon (KY), 117, Victor Espinoza

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