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Las Vegas, NV - Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York will play host to the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes Friday, August 23. A purse of $500,000 will be on the line for fillies three years old and upward willing to sprint seven furlongs on Saratoga's dirt track.
The Ballerina Stakes has attracted a field of 11 females to go in race 9 on Saratoga's Friday card. Post time is 5:20 PM. Let's take a brief glance into the past performances of all 11 combatants for this Grade 1 stakes.
Dance to Bristol - has finished with first or second in 16 of her 17 career starts. She enters on a terrific six race win streak including the Grade 2 Honorable Miss last time out July 29 on this track, the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park in her graded stakes debut, the minor Skipcat Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths at Pimlico May 17 and the minor Sugar Maple Stakes by nine lengths with a Beyer Speed figure of 106 at Charles Town April 20 after a couple of Allowance Optional Claiming scores at Laurel Park this year. She has been competitive in every career with nine wins (six stakes wins) in 17 career starts and showed that a step up in competition wasn't necessarily a bad thing. She is absolutely on fire and the one to beat Friday.
Starship Truffles - Martin Woolfson trained filly has had a very good year so far - eight wins with five wins and a second place finish. She enters the Ballerina on a two race win streak - the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap last time out by 3 3/4 lengths over Judy the Beauty at Calder July 6 being by far her biggest score. Her last graded stakes action came in March - a disappointing ninth in the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream. She is the 122 pound highweight and figures to be a big test for Dance to Bristol and the rest of the Ballerina field. Luis Saez will be in the saddle from post 6 Friday.
Book Review - Bob Baffert trained filly had a very impressive win in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes over Reneesgotzip and the dominant My Miss Aurelia on December 26 after a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Gazelle. She started 2013 with a pair of good seconds - the Grade 2 Santa Maria as 11-10 favorite and the Grade 2 La Canada before that. Last time out was her first win in three starts this year - the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park July 13. She has five wins and two seconds in her last nine starts overall and should be considered a threat Friday. She starts from post 5 with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle.
Judy the Beauty - Wesley Ward trained filly has four wins and six seconds in 10 career starts but was off for seven months before an Allowance Optional Claiming score in April at Keeneland. Her last two races have been of the graded stakes variety resulting in a pair of good seconds. Last time out was in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap behind Starship Truffles at Calder July 6. She has yet to record a graded stakes score but has finished second in all five she's entered so far. She's been knocking on the door and hopes for a breakthrough Friday.
Moment in Dixie - has three wins and three seconds in eight career starts for trainer James Toner and is coming off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at this distance on this track July 24 - her only win since June 2012. Her last graded stakes action came in September - a fourth in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx. Friday marks Moment in Dixie's third start of the year - she was off nearly seven months before a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming in June at Belmont Park.
Classic Point - Allen Jerkins trained filly raced in staked company for the first time last time out and finished a very respectable second by a neck behind Dance to Bristol in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss here July 29. Before that was a two race win streak - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Belmont Park June 30 after a Starter Optional Claiming score on that same track two weeks earlier. She has four wins in 17 career starts and hopes to build on her impressive stakes debut Friday.
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Glorious View - Bill Mott trained filly raced in stakes company for the first time May 18 and continued a four race win streak by winning the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park after 11 career starts yielded three wins - all of which came in her three starts prior to the Vagrancy - all at Aqueduct. Last time out was a bit of a stumble however - a seventh in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss here July 29. She has four wins in 13 career starts with that four race win streak heading into the Honorable Miss and will be looking for a serious bounceback Friday.
Fantasy of Flight - has finished second in her last three graded stakes races - the Grade 2 Bed o' Roses June 15, the Grade 2 Vagrancy May 18 and the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie in February. She has yet to record a victory so far in 2013 but has finished second and incredible five times. Fantasy of Flight has just three wins in 15 career starts with eight seconds and a third place finish. She has yet to break through in graded stakes action but has been close more than her share of times.
Sure Route - British bred mare races in graded stakes company for the first time Friday off a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track July 22. Before that was a fourth in the minor Magnolia Jackson Stakes and a second in the minor Mariensky Stake in June - arguably her best career result. She has three wins in 25 career starts.
Street Girl - mad her graded stakes debut last time out and finished fifth in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes at Calder July 6. Her best career result came in April however - a nice win in the minor Calder Oaks which was followed by a sixth in an Allowance and a third in the minor Leave Me Alone Stakes June 8. Street Girl has 11 career starts (10 already this year) with just two wins, two seconds and a third place finish.
Villanesca - Kiaran McLaughlin trained filly has seven career starts with four wins and has won three of her last four heading into the Ballerina. Last time out was her first stakes win - the minor Magnolia Jackson Handicap at Belmont Park July 5 after an Allowance Optional Claiming score March 1 at Aqueduct. She makes her graded stakes debut Friday but enters in very good form.
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