Dancethruthedawn cruised to an easy five and a half-length victory over four rivals in the $100,000-added Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland April 18. The Sam-Son Farm homebred 4-year-old filly got the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.92 on a fast track.
Sent off the even-money favorite in the short field, Dancethruthedawn, under the meet's leading rider Robbie Albarado, broke well and was content to follow the two outside horses, Extend and Maltese Superb in the early going.
Extend, breaking from post four, and Maltese Superb from post five were hustled to the front early and as a tandem set spirited fractions of :23..33 and :46.26. The Mark Frostad-trained Dancethruthedawn tracked in third, about four lengths off of them. Waki Music and De Bertie trailed the field.
"I thought I was going to be by myself on the lead, but we were hooked," said jockey Jorge Chavez, who was aboard Maltese Superb.
Nearing the far turn, after six furlongs in 1:10.69, Albarado asked his mount and she responded. Getting to the leaders, then blowing past them with ease, Dancethruthedawn cleared the field turning for home, then drew away in the stretch.
"Those two in front were setting it up for us and I thought I could get by them whenever I wanted," Albarado said. "She's a quality filly. I've been on her early in her career and I think she's growing and maturing. She worked very well last week. I expected a big race from her."
Yoshio Fujita's Maltese Superb held for second over a closing De Bertie, who is owned by Bertram, Elaine, and Richard Klein. Extend and Waki Music completed the order of finish.
Dancethruthedawn paid $4.20 and keyed an exacta worth $15.60.
"There's a good race for her at Pimlico on Preakness day if everything comes out OK," Frostad said after the race. The $150,000 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III) at 1 1/16 miles will be run the day before the Preakness on May 17.
Dancethruthedawn, was making her first start since finishing fourth behind Flute, Exogenous, and Two Item Limit in last year's Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga on Aug. 18. The Canadian-bred filly earned more than $1-million last year, on the strength of her victories in the Canadian Oaks and the Queen's Plate, Canada's most pretigious race. By Mr. Prospector, Dancethruthedawn is out of Canadian Horse of the Year and Eclipse Award winner Dance Smartly (by Danzig). She has now won six of 11 career starts and is two-for-two at Keeneland, having won an allowance race over the track last April. (Chart, Equibase