ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2016)–Longshot Do the Dance hugged the rail and rallied late to win Friday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a nose under Tyler Baze. Trained by Gary Sherlock, the Kentucky-bred filly by Discreet Cat was just up to tag pacesetter Nine Point Nine right on the wire as she got a mile on turf in 1:33.90.
Even though the temporary inner rail was set at 30 feet, Sherlock was confident in his filly’s ability to run from off the pace.
“The plan was to save ground and make a run,” he said. “As you can see, horses are doing well from off the pace and we were just hoping for the right trip.”
Off at 7-1 in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Do the Dance paid $16.60, $6.20 and $4.20. Owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing and Sherlock, Do the Dance improved her overall record to 18-3-3-1. With the winner’s share of $31,800, she increased her earnings to $138,755.
“This filly used to get pretty nervous,” said Baze. “But she’s relaxing better and better with each race. She ran great.”
Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Nine Point Nine set measured fractions of 23.60, 47.15, 1:10.38 and 1:21.98 and did everything but hold the winner off by a nose. Off at 8-1, she finished three quarters of a length in front of Patriotic Diamond and paid $8.00 and $5.40.
Patriotic Diamond, who was ridden by Jamie Theriot, was attentive to the pace and finished a head in front of Mrs. Norris for third money. Off at 10-1, she paid $6.40 to show.
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