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Dancing Solo Seeks Third Monmouth Stakes Win This Season

Posted Friday, Aug 24, 2012

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After a trip that can best be described as brutal and resulting in a seventh place finish in her last start in the Grade 2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga on July 25, trainer Todd Pletcher sends out Dancing Solo in Sunday’s $60,000 Twin Light Stakes at  Monmouth Park. The significant drop down in class isn’t the only reason.

            “This is a much softer spot for her and that’s always a good thing,” said Anthony Sciametta, the assistant to Pletcher. “She’s doing really good and she’s ready to run again. She’s already proven that she really likes this turf course.”

            Sciametta ought to know. Dancing Solo has spent most of the meet under his care and he saddled her when she won the Little Silver Stakes here on May 27 and came right back to take the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Stakes on June 23 the next time out. Now she looks to become the meet’s first and perhaps only three-time stakes winner.

But she’ll have to keep stretching out in distance to do so. Under “Jersey” Joe Bravo, the 3-year-old chestnut filly won the Little Silver at one mile on the turf, and then the Boiling Springs at 1 1/16 miles. This will be her first time traveling 1 1/8 miles.

            “With her breeding and Giant’s Causeway as her sire, I don’t think that will be a problem,” said Sciametta.

            Dancing Solo, who was purchased by Twin Creeks Racing Stable for $100,000 as a yearling, has already earned $164,439 from three wins, two seconds and two thirds in 11 starts. She is the only multiple stakes winner and the only graded stakes winner in the field of seven sophomore fillies, and she draws the rail under Bravo once again.

            With her two stakes victories thus far in the Monmouth season, Dancing Solo is tied with stable mate Maple Forest and the Patricia Farro-trained Royal Currier, the only other multiple winners.

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