Dancethruthedawn and Summer Colony, who finished a nose apart after a competitive stretch duel in the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III), meet up in Saratoga's grade I Personal Ensign Handicap on Friday. The two fillies went their separate ways in their starts since the Pimlico race--Summer Colony last won the Delaware Handicap (gr. III) and Dancethruthedawn won the grade I Go For Wand (gr. I)--and share highweight status Friday, each assigned 120 pounds.
"It was a bob of a head that separated them the first time they met," said Mark Frostad who trains Dancethruthedawn. "I would imagine a similar finish this time."
"Both fillies ran super that day," said Mark Hennig, who will saddle Summer Colony. "We've got a lot of respect for Dancethruthedawn. I'm glad to see they're at equal weights."
Both fillies are raced by their breeders. Edward P. Evans bred Summer Colony (Summer Squall--Probable Colony, by Pleasant Colony) and the Samuel family's Sam-Son Farms bred Dancethruthedawn (Mr. Prospector--Dance Smartly, by Danzig).
Four other fillies are scheduled to start Friday, and as all of them have excellent credentials, the Personal Ensign could be more than a two-horse race.
Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I), $400,000, 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/4 miles
PP Horse Jockey Wgt. Odds
1 Transcendental Edgar Prado 114 6-1
2 Two Item Limit Richard Migliore 114 5-1
3 Critical Eye Mike Luzzi 114 12-1
4 Dancethruthedawn Jerry Bailey 120 8-5
5 Summer Colony John Velazquez 120 7-5
6 Starrer Jose Santos 115 10-1