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Dream Dancing Fends Off Beau Recall in G1 Del Mar Oaks

DEL MAR, CA – John Oxley’s hombred Dream Dancing made her first trip to California a memorable one, rallying from the rear of the field to edge out Beau Recall and take Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.

Jockey Julien Leparoux put the 3-year-old daughter of Tapit in the rear of the twelve-horse field while Blame It On Alphie set fractions of :23.61, :47.27, and 1:11.63. Exiting the far turn, Leparoux angled Dream Dancing out six-wide into the stretch and they rallied hard to cross the line first in a final time of 1:48.06 for the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

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“The last time I rode her, I asked her at the 3/8, and she got a little weary at the end,” Leparoux said. “This time, I tried to wait as long as I could and she was still strong at the finish. This feels good; a win is a win, no matter where you get it.”

Dream Dancing improved her record to 12-4-2-1. The Del Mar Oaks was her second career graded stakes win to go along with the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream Park on March 4, when she used a similar last-second move to defeat Coasted.

The Mark Casse trainee managed to win the head-bob over Beau Recall and jockey Joe Talamo by a nose.

“I’ve had my fair share of bad beats in my career, but this one has to rank right up there,” Talamo said. “Nasty. I had a good trip, she fought when that other filly came up outside her, but we just got beat.”

Just to the inside of Beau Recall, Madam Dancealot missed higher honors by a neck, settling for third under jockey Jamie Theriot.

“I had a great trip; I was getting through all the way on the rail,” Theriot said. “At the top the stretch, I saw a hole and said, ‘If I can get through there, this is going to be one of the great rides.’ I got through, just barely. I felt my horse brush horses on both sides of me, but I had to alter stride for two jumps, and that cost me. She ran great and tried hard.”

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Con Te Partiro beat out Meadowsweet by a neck for fourth. VexatiousStorm the HillTapped, Kathy’s SongPacific WindKenda, and Blame It On Alphie completed the order of finish. Pistol Packin Rose and Bernina Star were scratched.

Dream Dancing returned $15.20 to win, $6.60 to place, and $4.20 to show. Beau Recall brought back $5.80 to place and $3.60 to show, while Madam Dancealot paid $3.60 to show.

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