DANCING DAYS

By Nick Hahn

As a foal, Dance City was a handful

Dance City makes his bid to be the 7th Virginia bred to win the Preakness this Saturday in what could be the last opportunity for Spring Hill Farm to win a Triple Crown race under the name of Edward P. Evans.  Below are a few of Farm Manager Chris Baker’s comments from an interview earlier this week when asked about the significance of having a Virginia-bred in the Preakness for the first time in ten years since Bay Eagle and Marciano in 2001.  (Photos provided by Shannon Aukema.)


“I felt for quite some time that other Virginia breeders and other Virginia racing enthusiasts are really behind what Spring Hill is doing.  It really because apparent to me with Quality Road.”


“When there were people I didn’t know who either had a Quality Road hat or shirt or they would see me or somebody else on the farm and say, ‘Hey, we know that horse’, that really brought it home for me.”


Here Dance City is shown standing
 in front of his dam, Ballet Colony

“Whether or not Spring Hill is the flag bearer for the Virginia racing industry or not, I don’t know.  That’s not something I would want to guess or hint at.  But if people can enjoy what we’re doing because we are from their home state, then I’m all for it and I hope that we can represent Virginia proudly on Saturday.”


Dance City s sired by City Zip out of Ballet Colony by 1981 Preakness winner Pleasant Colony.  Ramon Dominquez gets the mount for trainer Todd Pletcher.  The Preakness is ironically one of the few races Pletcher hasn’t won.


For more of Nick’s interview with Chris Baker, tune into “Off to the Races” Saturday morning at 11:00 on ESPN AM 950, WXGI.  To listen outside of the Richmond area on click on http://www.espn950am.com/mobile/.