VA-BRED DANCE CITY HAS BULLET PREAKNESS WORK

If all goes well, on Saturday, a Virginia-bred will get another shot at the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.  

The Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Virginia-bred Dance City appears to be on track the three-year-old colt turned in a bullet five-furlong work at Churchill Downs, breezing the distance in 1:00.20 over a track labeled “good” under exercise rider Fernando Espinoza, then galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.20.

“I like what I see from here, and I was very pleased with his work today,” said assistant trainer Mike McCarthy, who oversees Pletcher’s runners at Louisville.

Dance City was third in the Arkansas Derby behind Archarcharch and Nehro – the latter came back to run second in the Kentucky Derby while fifth-place Arkansas Derby finisher Alternation won Saturday’s Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.

The last Virginia-bred to win Baltimore’s most famous race was Hansel in 1991.