05/16/2013 12:53PM

Balmoral: Feel Like Dancing goes for her fourth straight win in Violet Final

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Feel Like Dancing (7) held off a late charge from Aliyah Maria in her Violet elimination.

Nine talented pacing fillies will line up behind the gate on Sunday (May 19) at Balmoral Park to contest the first major Illinois-bred stakes race of the season. The $55,300 Violet Stake features two $100,000-plus earners and a late blooming young lady trying to make a name for herself.

Feel Like Dancing may not have begun her career until December of her 2-year-old season, but the daughter of Skydancer Hanover-Fox Valley Funny certainly made up for the lost time.  Since that initial placing, she has reeled off five wins in seven starts while never finishing worse than second in her eight career races.

“Brett (Wilfong) likes to shoot for a lot of his horses to race at 3 (years old) and doesn’t ask too much from them early. He likes to keep them around for a long time,” said regular driver Kyle Wilfong, who will steer Feel Like Dancing from post 4.

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After a win in the Incredible Finale Series Final on January 16, Feel Like Dancing took a few months off before returning to action and going on her current tear. The Brett Wilfong trainee has won three straight including setting a lifetime mark of 1:53 4/5 in the process.

“She’s a peach to drive and you can do whatever you want with her,” said Kyle Wilfong. “I’m very confident going into the final if we can find a good trip.

“She has shown a lot of promise and is staked to the American National for 3-year-olds. Personally I think she can go with those, but Sunday will be the real test if she can beat Auniqueaquistion.”

While the road to the Balmoral winner’s circle will go through Feel Like Dancing, 2012 American National runner-up Auniqueaquistion is sure to have something to say about the outcome. The Donna Lee Ozmet student finished a nose behind Feel Like Dancing in last week’s elimination, the filly’s first start of 2013.

Auniqueaquistion posted a stellar four wins and three seconds in eight starts as a rookie pacer while going postward as the favorite in nearly all of her races. Regular driver Michael Oosting will drive from post 3.

Thank You Doc (post 2) was a force to be reckoned with at the start of her career. She won the $189,000 Filly Orange and Blue stake on Super Night at Balmoral last September. Although she has been off form this year, her $142,318 career bankroll dwarfs her competition.

Starting from the outside post 9, Dallas Jones was a winner in her elimination last week. The Sportsmaster filly already has 15 races under her belt this year and will seek her seventh victory in the final.

Wrapping up the field are Mystical Danica (post 1), Fox Valley Ruby (post 5), Incredible Filly (post 6), Aliyah Maria (post 7) and Private Ashley (post 8).

The Violet Final is slated as race 5 on the 10-race Balmoral program. First post is 8:10pm EST.

 

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