Filly & Mare Sprint Division
JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr
OwnerBlue Devil Racing Stable
BreederBlue Devil Racing Stable, LLC
Come Dancing will waltz one final number in her second attempt in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The five-time graded stakes winner comes into the Breeders' Cup off a victory in the Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga Race Course Sept. 6, which improved her record to nine wins and three seconds from 18 starts and pushed her earnings to $1,186,783.
The 6-year-old dark bay mare is a Kentucky homebred for Marc Holliday's Blue Devil Racing Stable.
"I race almost exclusively fillies. They get to a point where you feel like it's time and they want to go on and breed and move on to the next phase of their career. That was not the case with Come Dancing," Holliday said. "This horse is happiest when she is on the racetrack and when it's race day. She was on her toes today, and she knew exactly what the deal was. You can see it in the morning and in the paddock. This is a mare that just wants to run. I felt it wouldn't be fair to put the horse out to pasture a year too early.”
Trainer Carlos Martin, 51, is a third-generation horseman. His grandfather, Pancho Martin, won the second Breeders’ Cup race ever run when Outstandingly was elevated to first via disqualification in the 1984 Juvenile Fillies at Hollywood Park. Carlos Martin took out his trainer’s license and at age 21 became the youngest trainer to win a Grade I race in North America when he sent out Buy the Firm to win the Top Flight Handicap. Come Dancing represents the biggest success of his career.
"With the uncertainty of the racing calendar because of the pandemic, we put her in a tough spot when we sent her to Oaklawn Park early for a two-turn grade 1 race (the Apple Blossom Handicap)," Martin said. "The Vagrancy (G3, in which she ran second), I thought was decent and the Ballerina (G1, in which she was fourth) was not bad. She had a tough trip in that one and people were writing her off, but I knew different. In the Honorable Miss, Irad (Ortiz Jr.) rode her and loved her. If Come Dancing wants to fire her 'A' race, I think she is as good as any horse in the country."
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