VA-BRED DANCE CITY FIFTH IN PREAKNESS

DANCE CITY (Glenn Petty/VTA)

The Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Dance City loomed prominent at the 5/16th pole in yesterday’s Preakness but didn’t have quite enough to sustain a winning drive in the second leg of the Triple Crown.   Parked four wide for most of the race, the bay colt by City Zip out of Ballet Colony by Preakness winner Pleasant Colony, was fractious in the gate prior to the start. 

Dance City was well positioned, albeit wide, most of the race running fifth off the pace set by  Flashpoint and eventual winner Shackleford.  He loomed large at the head of the stretch, but  when jockey Ramon Dominguez went to the whip before they straightened for home late in the final turn it seemed likely that the colt making just his fifth career start might not be able to close strong enough to capture the race.
Dance City in pursuit of eventual winner Shackleford.
The also fractious Shackleford captured the race spoiling yet another Triple Crown bid.  Derby winner Animal Kingdom was second and Astrology third.
The win for tainer Dale Romans was sweet after finishing second in last year’s Preakness with First Dude.  To cap off Romans day, the classic win was just an hour after capturing the $200,000 Dixie Stakes Gr. II with Pady O’ Prado.