WELL-BRED FILLY BECOMES 18TH INDIVIDUAL 3YO SEASONAL WINNER FOR STABLE
Dance With Stars, who became the 18th individual 3YO winner for the Kentuckiana Lodge stable at Addington on Friday, December 20, is bred to be above average and is expected to strengthen next year.
A big daughter of Art Major and four-win mare There’s A Dancer (1:58.9), bred and raced by Rob and Eleanor Spencer, Dance With Stars furthered a 100 percent starters-to-winners record for her dam.
First-up she left Bracken Ridge (1:56.1, five NZ wins), followed by McClinchie (1:51.6, US), who made a statement with a 16 length maiden win at Addington before his sale to Australia, Ocean Ridge (1:55.3, Aust) and Ocean Beach (2:00.3).
The Spencers’ have had horses with senior trainer Cran Dalgety previously, but mostly have theirs with Toliman Lodge trainer, Ken Barron, after Rob Spencer formerly raced 1999 Northern Oaks winner OK Rock, from the stable of Barron’s former mentor, John Lischner.
Dalgety feels fortunate for himself and junior training partner, Nathan Purdon, to have been given the opportunity to have a crack with Dance With Stars, who delivered second-up after a let-up in style last week.
She was given the run of the race on the outer by Nathan, gettting up to beat front-running Hell’s Shadow by half a head in a 1:59.4 rate for the 1609m in the United Fisheries Ltd Mobile Pace.
Dance With Stars is a grand-daughter of the 1998 NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes winner, 1996 NZ Oaks winner and former NZ Aged Mare of the Year, There’s A Franco (1:57.7 mile rate, 2000m, 13 wins & $217,588).
The family has had a lift in recent months with a grand-son of There’s A Franco in Franco Totem winning multiple races at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, in the USA, including a personal best of 1:50.4 (fifths) .
Tory Franco, a half-sister to There’s A Franco, has also bred on strongly, leaving seven to race for seven winners, including Sir Artsplace (1:55.2, Aust), Luksam (1:55.3, Aust), Belletti (p3, 1:58.7, dam of La Norvic De Milo, p2, 1:58.7), Kashana (p3, 1;58.5), The Cotton Club (p3, 1:57.3, Aust) and Good As Gold (p2, 1:58.9).