09/30/2004 11:00PM

Dance Away Capote might try tougher


Now that Dance Away Capote has proven she can handle two turns in a minor stakes, trainer Graham Motion is tempted to send his 2-year-old filly into even deeper waters.

Dance Away Capote, a 12-length winner in last weekend's $50,000 Irish Sonnet Stakes at Delaware Park, has been nominated to the Frizette at Belmont Park and the Alcibiades at Keeneland. The Grade 2 Alciabiades, at 1 1/16 miles, is Friday. The Grade 1 Frizette, also at 1 1/16 miles but only a one-turn race, is next Saturday.

"That would be coming back kind of quick, but it would be nice to find out how good she really is," Motion said.

A daughter of Capote, Dance Away Capote has bloodlines on her dam's side that indicate to Motion she might get better as the distances increase.

"She is from a family that produced Skip Away," Motion said. "There's plenty of stamina in the pedigree."

Dance Away Capote's second dam, Ingot Way, was the first dam of Skip Away, a champion at 3 and 4 and Horse of the Year at 5.

Motion was more impressed with the manner in which Dance Away Capote won than the margin of victory.

"Ramon [Dominguez] said down the backside she was just so relaxed that he could pretty much do whatever pleased with her. With a 2-year-old that is a big deal and a huge step," Motion said.

Japan-bred Negotiator sidelined

The news isn't encouraging with another lightly raced horse from Motion's barn.

Negotiator, a 3-year-old son of Sunday Silence who has raced only one time since coming to North America, has been sidelined indefinitely by a tendon injury.