John Oxley’s homebred Dream Dancing was a determined victor of Saturday’s G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes, bulling her way through traffic in the stretch to get up by a head on the wire. The sophomore daughter of Tapit, ridden by Julien Leparoux, covered 1 1/16 miles over Gulfstream’s firm turf in 1:40.78 for trainer Mark Casse.
“We had a good trip,” Leparoux said. “I was right behind Coasted so I was very happy. At the quarter pole I thought she would take off a little bit and I got stuck a little bit behind, but I got through inside of her and she finished good and galloped out very good. She’s a nice filly and she’s been doing very good lately. We’re happy.”
Dream Dancing broke well along the inside rail, but settled easily under Leparoux to race at the back of the seven filly field early. Conquest Hardcandy was hard-ridden from her outside post position to make the lead, streaking away to a 1 1/2-length advantage over Sweeping Paddy into the first turn. India Mantuana tracked that pair from third, with the comebacking Coasted, who’d hopped at the break, along the outside in fourth.
Conquest Hardcandy was quick through a first quarter in 23.43 seconds, but eased up a bit to cover the half in :47.78. Sweeping Paddy took advantage of the slower pace and moved in to pressure the leader as the field began to compress. Leparoux was stuck along the rail on Dream Dancing; first he tried to find a path around the outside, but then dove back toward the rail for the trip around the turn.
Coasted made her move three-wide approaching the stretch run, quickly overcoming Conquest Hardcandy for the lead. Dream Dancing and Leparoux were still in traffic, the filly begging for racing room just off the heels of Coasted. As Coasted extended her lead to a full length, Dream Dancing was able to dart to the inside. It took her a moment to build up momentum, but a very game effort saw Dream Dancing just get up over Coasted by a head on the wire. Party Boat got up for third, and Happy Mesa was fourth.
“It cost her some momentum [coming on the inside],” said Casse. “She has turned out to be a pretty good horse. I think the further the better. She’s a beautiful filly – the Oxleys bred her. We’re very proud of her. It’s been a Tapit kind of day so far [referring to his win with Inheritthewind in Race 2].”
Bred in Kentucky, Dream Dancing is out of a daughter of Monarchos, the Kentucky Derby winner also campaigned by John Oxley. Trainer Mark Casse tried Dream Dancing on the dirt for several starts, attempting to point her to the Kentucky Oaks, but she was largely unsuccessful in graded stakes company. She kicked off 2017 with an allowance win on the turf, leading to her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s Herecomesthebride. Overall, Dream Dancing boasts a record of three wins from six starts, with earnings of $ 180,000.
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