Dance Card rolled to a four-length victory in the $350,000 Gazelle S. to give Tapit his fourth Grade 1 winner of 2012, most among all North American stallions. With $8,680,037 in progeny earnings, Tapit currently ranks fourth on the same list. Tapit will stand the 2013 at Gainesway for $125,000.
Three-year-old Dance Card made her graded stakes debut in the Gazelle after winning the $85,000 Belle Cherie S. two months ago at Belmont Park. With Ramon Dominguez handling his mount with supreme confidence, Dance Card led the entire trip of the nine furlong Gazelle. After six furlongs in 1:12.67, Dance Card was up a half-length over My Wandy's Girl. Dominguez shook clear at the top of the lane, opening up with every stride in the stretch to hit the wire in 1:50.39.
“When she drifted out in the stretch, she was just looking around,” Dominguez said. “I’m not worried about it or complaining about it. She’s a beautiful animal with high cruising speed, and she can pick it up whenever you ask her. She was perfect through the whole race, and down the lane she wanted to drift out some, but she keeps running. She’s special, and I love her.”
Owned by Godolphin Racing, the victory was the fourth in the five-race career of Dance Card, who will now head to Florida for the winter with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. She has now earned $372,200.
Dance Card sold as a 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale, bringing a winning bid of $750,000 second-highest price at the sale. Out of the stakes-placed mare Tempting Note, Dance Card is a full sister to Tempted to Tapit, second in the Risen Star (G2) and third in the Sunland Derby (G3).