SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Dance to Bristol held off Book Review by a head Friday in the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes for fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course.
The 4-year-old Ollie Figgins-trained filly, ridden by Xavier Perez, ran her winning streak to seven. She ran seven furlongs in 1:23.11 and paid $5.50, $3.10 and $2.50.
“She got a sharp break and I asked her to settle, and she did it,” Perez said. “I put her right behind the leaders and she just dropped the bit and got comfortable. When I asked her at the five-sixteenths to move, she responded pretty good and gave me a hundred percent and just kept going. When she felt that horse, Book Review, coming on the outside, she just kept digging in.”
The winner earned $300,000 for owner Susan H. Wantz.
“Her will to win is what makes her special,” Figgins said. “Book Review had dead aim on her inside the eighth pole. Once she saw her coming, she just wouldn’t let her by.”
Figgins was asked if Dance to Bristol will go straight to the Breeders’ Cup.
“We’ll get her back to the barn, see how she is, and go from there,” Figgins said. “Once again, she’s a very easy filly, she lets you know how she is. If she bounces out of the race well, then we may look for something.”
Book Review returned $2.90 and $2.40, and Villanesca paid $4.50 to show.