Filly & Mare Sprint Division
OwnerBlue Devil Racing Stable
BreederBlue Devil Racing Stable, LLC
Come Dancing was en pointe, as she so often is, when she rallied after a slow start to easily capture the Ketel One Ballerina Stakes (G1) at Saratoga August 24.
The Ballerina victory earned the five-year-old Malibu Moon mare a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita, as a part of the “Win & You're In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
The win was the first Grade 1 score for Come Dancing, and the first for trainer Carlos Martin in nearly 30 years. Martin, 50, became the youngest trainer to win at the top level in New York when Buy the Firm captured the 1991 Top Flight Handicap (G1).
Come Dancing broke a step slow in the Ballerina, but jockey Javier Castellano got her into the action quickly and the pair sat in third after the first half mile. When the front runners began to tire, she easily took the lead and cruised home to win by a comfortable 3 ½ lengths.
She was just as impressive at Belmont Park in her next start, the six-furlong Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park on Sept. 22, winning by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:08.45.
Now with eight wins in 13 starts, the Blue Devil Racing Stable homebred is having her best year to date. She began 2019 with a dominant win in the Distaff Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct and then annexed the Ruffian Stakes (G2), also by open lengths. Prior to the Ballerina, she narrowly lost to top distaff star Midnight Bisou when stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth in the Ogden Phillips Stakes (G1) June 8.
"My dad, Jose, God rest his soul, trained (1987 sprint champion) Groovy," said Martin, the son of Jose Martin and grandson of Hall of Fame trainer Frank "Pancho" Martin. "He told me when you have great horses and you manage them right, they'll bounce, but they'll bounce into the winner's circle. I think (Come Dancing) has shown that, when given time between races, she fires her best shot."
Owner Mark Holliday founded Blue Devil Racing in 2006, naming the stable in honor of his high school lacrosse team’s mascot. His business, SL Green Realty Corp., is New York City’s largest office landlord, holding interest in 96 Manhattan buildings totaling 46.4 million square feet.
- October 23, 2019
McKinzie, Code of Honor, Midnight Bisou, Bricks and Mortar and Magical Lead 188 Horses Pre-Entered for 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie, Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, standout filly Midnight Bisou, multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Bricks and Mortar, and Qipco Champions Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 188 horses, including 47 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- October 28, 2019
McKinzie, Midnight Bisou and Bricks and Mortar Lead Cast of 168 Horses Entered in 36th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Friday and Saturday
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds and up for Saturday’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, the climax of the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be run Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
- October 29, 2019
The Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint will kick off the action on Saturday, November 2, at Santa Anita Park. Highlighting the entries are a pair of standouts in Covfefe and Come Dancing, who have each won four times this year. Scheduled for race four on the card, the race has drawn a field of 9 horses who are all looking to grab a piece of the $1,000,000 purse in this 7-furlong event.