09/15/2003 11:00PM

'Dance' goes for seven in row


ELMONT, N.Y. - Danceinthestreets is the best thing bred in New Mexico to come to New York since jockey Mike Smith rode here.

Danceinthestreets, who has been in five barns in her 12-race career, puts a six-race win streak on the line Thursday against five rivals in a $51,000 third-level allowance race at Belmont Park.

Danceinthestreets makes her second start for trainer Del Carroll, but first for owner William Massey's Line Fork Stable on Thursday. On July 25 at Saratoga, Carroll claimed Danceinthestreets for $65,000 on behalf of Pont Street Stable. After Danceinthestreets won a $75,000 claiming race by 6 1/4 lengths on Aug. 15, Massey inquired about buying her. Pont Street agreed to sell.

"She's not a standout pedigree-wise, but [Massey] really believes in breeding to a racehorse and she is that,'' Carroll said. "It was worth it for him.''

Danceinthestreets began her streak on March 27 at Aqueduct when she won a $35,000 claimer by 5 1/4 lengths for Rene Araya. Diane Balsamo claimed her that day and won a $50,000 claimer on April 16, a race from which trainer Frank Laboccetta Jr. took her.

Laboccetta stepped her up into allowance company and Danceinthestreets reeled off two wins at Belmont, handling both a fast and sloppy track. Laboccetta then dropped her in for $60,000 at Saratoga, which is when Carroll dropped in a claim slip.

"The scuttlebutt was she wasn't perfect, but obviously she was maintaining real well,'' Carroll said. "We took a shot. So far, so good."

In order to keep her streak going, Danceinthestreets may have to prove she can win from off the pace. Tina Bull, a winner of two straight allowance races on the front end, will break from the rail under Jerry Bailey.

"I really think she can, evidenced by the fact she won off by daylight in her last two starts,'' Carroll said. "I'm not saying this because I have her, I'm drawing a conclusion as a spectator. I don't think it's a case of her being a one-way kind of filly. Now you step up and it gets a little tougher. We hope she'll adjust.''

Should Tina Bull and Danceinthestreets duel, it could set things up for a filly like Molto Vita, who drops from stakes company, or City Sister, who comes off a sharp second-level allowance win at Saratoga on Aug. 18.