Multiple graded stakes winner Suffused returns to Woodbine on Sunday in the Grade 2 $ 150,000 Dance Smartly Stakes.
Suffused suffered a very tough beat here in last year’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, dropping a nose decision to Al’s Gal. That race is run over 1 ¼ miles of turf and, with Sunday’s Dance Smartly being run at that distance after being held at 1 1/8 miles, the Bill Mott-trained Suffused looms the mare to beat.
The Dance Smartly, for fillies and mares, lured a field of eight which also lured last year’s Grade 2 Canadian Stakes winner Rainha da Bateria.
“She ran well on the course, at the same distance,” said Mott who conditions the homebred Suffused for Juddmonte Farms Ltd. “She was stuck in late, and she came running.”
Suffused was freshened following the E.P. Taylor and the turf specialist returned with a vengeance at Gulfstream this winter, winning the Grade 3 La Prevoyante at 1 ½-miles and the Grade 3 The Very One at 1 3/16 miles.
Since shipping back up to New York, the English-bred 5-year-old has turned in a second-place finish over 1 3/8 miles of yielding going in the Grade 3 Sheepshead Bay and was a close fifth at a firm 1 ¼ miles-in the Grade 2 New York.
“You might not want to hold them against her, I suppose,” said Mott. “She maybe had a little troubled trip the time before.”
Jose Ortiz, who has piloted Suffused to her four North American stakes wins, returns in the irons.
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