BALTIMORE, 05-17-13---Copperville Farm’s Dance to Bristol tracked the speed through the far turn, then charged to the lead and won as her rider pleased in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
Six fillies and mares faced the starter in the six-furlong test contested over the fast main track. Dance to Bristol left the starting gate as the 3-5 post-time favorite under jockey Xavier Perez for trainer Ollie Figgins III. At the finish, Dance to Bristol was first, pacesetter Orange’s Lil Sis had finished second and Kalambaka Queen was third.
The daughter of Speightstown was winning for the fourth straight time while capturing her fourth lifetime stakes. She completed the distance in 1:11.86 and paid $3.20.
Skipat Stakes Quotes
Ollie Figgins II (trainer, Dance to Bristol, winner)– “It set up good for us with that other filly (scratched Winning Image) out of the race. I just kind of told Xavier to keep it close and that’s how it worked out. This horse is real easy to train. Even in defeat, she’s run awfully hard. Xavier feels strong about this horse because she’s an easy one to ride. She’ll run in the Bed of Roses (G3) at Belmont (on June 15) if she comes out OK. Three weeks won’t be a problem.”
Xavier Perez (jockey, Dance to Bristol, winner)– “We were sitting where we wanted. The ‘1’ and the ‘2’ horses were fighting it out. I just wanted her to stay on and relax. At the three-eighths pole, the ‘2’ then took back on the rail and I put pressure on my horse and she took off running. She gave me more when I tapped her left-handed down the stretch. The rail is a little deep so I wanted her on the outside. The last sixteenth, I looked back and started celebrating.”
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