ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22) – Dancing in Silks, trainer Carla Gaines’ 5-year-old gelding whose dizzying run of four straight victories last year was capped by a 25-1 stunner in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, returns to action Saturday in Santa Anita’s 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.
Immediately after the nose victory by Dancing in Silks in the Breeders’ Cup event, Gaines cited such respected opponents as Zensational and Gayego. “It looked like a tough situation for us,” she said. “The way the post positions set up, we were able to sit off the pace and make one run. The racing gods were smiling on us today.”
Installed by line maker Jon White as the 6-5 morning line favorite, California-bred Dancing in Silks will be taking on seven rivals including the Doug O’Neill-conditioned Supreme Summit, who comes off a fourth place finish in the Gr. I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26. Supreme Summit is the 9-2 second choice on the morning line.