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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – John C. Oxley’s Dream Dancing rallied through the stretch to catch favored Coasted nearing the finish of the Grade 3, $100,000 Herecomesthebride Saturday at Gulfstream Park, registering her first stakes success in the 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-old fillies.
Lacking racing room on the turn into the homestretch and at the top of the stretch, Julien Leparoux discovered an opening along the inside in the deep stretch and guided the 9-5 second betting choice inside the 6-5 favorite ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. Dream Dancing got up to win by a neck, completing the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:40 3/5.
Coasted, who most recently finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in November, held second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Party Boat and jockey Joel Rosario.
Saturday’s triumph was the second straight success since Dream Dancing’s return to turf racing. The daughter of Tapit, who broke her maiden on turf at Saratoga in August, had run in three straight graded stakes on dirt without success before capturing a first-level allowance over Gulfstream’s turf course on January 28.
Dream Dancing returned $5.60, $2.60, and $2.20. Coasted brought back $2.60 and $2.20, while Party Boat paid $2.80 to show.
Trainer Mark Casse (Dream Dancing): “It cost her some momentum [coming on the inside]. She has turned out to be a pretty good horse. I think the further, the better. She’s a beautiful filly – the Oxleys bred her. We’re very proud of her. It’s been a Tapit kind of day so far [referring to his win with Inheritthewind in Race 2].”
Jockey Julien Leparoux (Dream Dancing): “We had a good trip. I was right behind Coasted, so I was very happy. At the quarter pole, I thought she would take off a little bit and I got stuck a little bit behind, but I got through inside of her, and she finished good and galloped out very good. She’s a nice filly and she’s been doing very good lately. We’re happy.”
Source: Gulfstream Park
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