Native DancerNative Dancer ran his unbeaten record to 10 in a division of the April 18 Gotham Stakes at Jamaica in his 3-year-old debut."Any question in your mind about Native Dancer is easy to answer; he's as good as you thought," wrote George F.T. Ryall in The Blood-Horse. "Also, any doubts about his ability to win at more than a mile were scattered to the wind at Jamaica last week. Having been one of the first to wave a small flag for Native Dancer--and flag-waving is not one of my customary diversions--I was especially gratified."Nevertheless, I must say that the mile-and-a sixteenth Gotham Stakes couldn't have been made easier for him if it had been made to order. Of course, whenever a race is split, there is always an easy half (the one your horse didn't get in), but I've seldom seen such a collection of pushovers in one section. For that reason a few curmudgeons insist that Native Dancer's performance wasn't much."Impressive or not, Native Dancer won by two lengths as the heavy favorite. His time, 1:44 1/5, was a fifth of a second slower than Laffango's time in the other division. Daily Racing Form caught Laffango in 1:43 2/5.Native Dancer won the Wood Memorial Stakes at Jamaica a week later, then shocked the racing world by running second to Dark Star in the Run for the Roses. He then won the Withers, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes.
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