Dance to Bristol Extends Win Streak to Five
Dance to Bristol danced to an easy victory and represented her owner and trainer with their first graded stakes score in the June 15 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, when she seized the lead just outside the eighth pole and prevailed by 2 3/4 lengths over front-runner Fantasy of Flight (VIDEO).
Trained by Ollie Figgins III for Susan Wantz, the daughter of Speightstown is now riding a five-race win streak. She notched additional black-type scores by a combined winning margin of 13 3/4 lengths in the April 20 Sugar Maple Stakes presented by CANTER Mid-Atlantic Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and the May 17 Skipat at Pimlico Race Course.
"Whenever you have a (winning) streak like that, it's just hard for a horse to perform like that every time, but she seems to do it, somehow," said Figgins of 8-5 favorite Dance to Bristol, who now boasts a record of 8-7-0 from 16 starts, for earnings of $500,880. "As long as she stays healthy, hopefully it will keep happening."
"She's a filly with speed, but she's not the run-off type," added Figgins. "She's not the type you have to coax off the bridle. You just set your hands still, and she relaxes. If you ask to move forward, she does."
Fantasy of Flight continued to race in the lead into the stretch with jockey Cornelio Velasquez trying to harness some of her speed, while Delightful Quality remained a length back in second. Dance to Bristol appeared an unhurried third with a quarter mile to go.
As Delightful Quality inched closer in second, Dance to Bristol was poised on the outside for the stretch drive, and then was cut loose at the top of the lane by jockey Xavier Perez. She grabbed lead just outside the eighth pole and lengthened her advantage to the wire, completing the distance in 1:20.81.
Fantasy of Flight fought on for second at odds of 5-2, while Delightful Quality was a length farther back in third with Javier Castellano aboard. Withgreatpleasure and Willet completed the order of finish.
"I let her do what she always does, which is break good and settle behind horses," said Perez of Dance to Bristol, who paid $5.30, $3.20, and $2.80 as the 118-pound co-highweight. Fantasy of Flight, who also shouldered 118, paid $3.60 and $3.20, while Delightful Quality returned $3.50.
Munnings Sister scratched.
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