Susan Wantz’s 4-year-old filly Dance to Bristol, won her seventh consecutive race on Friday, taking the seven-furlong Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
Dance to Bristol defeated Book Review by a head, and secured an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) in November at Santa Anita Park in California.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of 67 stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held November 1-2 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
A chestnut daughter of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Speightstown, Dance to Bristol, trained by Ollie Figgins III and ridden by Xavier Perez, spurted to the front with a sixteenth of a mile remaining to hold off favored Book Review at the wire.
“I was fully confident the whole time,” said Perez. “When I started riding her, she took off running and when she felt the horse coming near her, she just kept going. She never let that horse by her.
“She’s something else; she’s amazing. She’s the best horse I ever rode in my whole career. I think it’s going to be the one that’s going to take me to the Breeders’ Cup.”
Dance to Bristol has won three graded stakes in a row, starting with the Bed o’ Roses (G3) in June at Belmont and followed that with the Honorable Miss Stakes (G2) at Saratoga on July 29.
“Her will to win is what makes her special, said Figgins. “Book Review had dead aim on her inside the eighth pole. Once she saw her coming, she just wouldn’t let her by. She broke nice and clean and [jockey Xavier Perez] just let her get her rhythm. She eased to the outside a little past the half-mile pole, it looked like, and everything went pretty smooth.”