Dancing Allstar looks to be the belle of the ball entering the $250,000 Azalea Stakes (gr. III) at Calder Race Course July 12. The chestnut Millennium Allstar filly has won her last six races, all of which have come in stakes company, and she leads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies who will contest the six-furlong Azalea.
Bahadur Cheema campaigns Dancing Allstar, who he bought for $13,821 as a yearling. She has earnings of $395,715, and was named Canada’s champion 2-year-old filly last year. Trained by Terry Jordan, Dancing Allstar is high-weighted at 122 pounds. Her six foes will carry from between 115-119 pounds, and many of them come in to the race with winning streaks of their own.
Grand Obsession and Orinoquia are both slated to carry 119 pounds, and both won stakes in their last start. Grand Obsession has won her last two starts for trainer Eddie Kenneally and owner Eagle Valley Farm, including the June 21 Lady Charles Town Stakes. Orinoquia has also won her last two starts and comes in off a 5 1/4-length win in the June 14 Leave Me Alone Stakes at Calder. Rodolfo Garcia conditions the Whywhywhy filly for Caroni Stable.
Fellow stakes winner Indyanne will tote 117 pounds and is undefeated in three starts for owners David and Jill Heerensperger. Her added-money victory came when she took the Bay Meadows Debutante Stakes last September. She was away from the races until June 6, when she won an allowance/optional claimer by seven lengths. The Indian Charliefilly is trained by Greg Gilchrist.
Another undefeated contestant, Dite Moi, will be making her first attempt at stakes company in her third career start. Kirk Ziadie trains the Forest Wildcatfilly for Stephen Screnci, and Dite Moi has been impressive in her first two starts, both of which came at Calder. She did not begin racing until June 6, when she broke her maiden by 5 1/4 lengths, and she followed that up with a 4 3/4-length score in an allowance/optional claiming race June 27. She has been assigned 115 pounds.
Dubai Majesty and Freedom Afleet round out the field and will also carry 115 pounds. Freedom Afleet finished third to Orinoquia in the Leave Me Alone in her last start, while Dubai Majesty comes in sporting two consecutive victories in allowance/optional claiming company.
Post, Horse, Jockey
1. Grand Obsession, Edgar Prado
2. Orinoquia, Eduardo Nunez
3. Dite Moi, Elvis Trujillo
4. Dancing Allstar, Mario Gutierrez
5. Freedom Afleet, Ariel Smith
6. Indyanne, Russell Baze
7. Dubai Majesty, Manuel Aguilar