01/16/2006 1:00AM

Dance Daily upsets in Santa Ynez


ARCADIA, Calif. - Dance Daily pulled an upset in Monday's $150,000 at Santa Anita, but her surprising win over stablemate Folklore was not reflected on the tote board.

Dance Daily and Folklore were coupled in the betting; Dance Daily returned $2.40.

Winning her first graded stakes, Dance Daily finished a nose in front of Talullah Lula, who was three-quarters of a length in front of Folklore in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.

Dance Daily ran seven furlongs in 1:23.34.

The Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes was Folklore's first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park in October. Expected to be named champion 2-year-old filly of 2005, Folklore was considered the stronger half of the entry by far. Had they been uncoupled in the betting, Dance Daily could have been 20-1 or higher.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, Folklore took the early lead and had a one-length advantage through early fractions of 23.18 and 46.06. Turning for home, she had a narrow advantage and led by a head with a furlong to go. But in the final furlong, Dance Daily rallied wide under Jon Court to take the lead.

Talullah Lula, who ran on the rail through the stretch, passed Folklore in the final 100 yards.

Dance Daily and Folklore are owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

A Five Star Day filly, Dance Daily has won 3 of 9 starts and $171,292. She was unplaced in five previous stakes in Kentucky and here.