01/08/2011 6:07PM

Dance Quietly does her late owner proud by taking Busanda

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Dance Quietly, one of five winners on the card for jockey Ramon Dominguez, rallies in the stretch to capture the Busanda.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Edward Evans would have been proud.

Dance Quietly, the first starter from the Evans stable since his death on Dec. 31, rallied through a huge opening along the rail in the stretch and was able to outfinish Moonlit Malibu to win Saturday’s $65,000 Busanda Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths at Aqueduct.

Dance Quietly, trained by Todd Pletcher, ran under the banner of the Edward P. Evans Foundation formed shortly after Evans’s death. She was owned and bred by Evans and is a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, who was also bred by Evans though he raced for William Warren.

Dance Quietly ($5.40) was ridden by Ramon Dominguez, who won five races from seven mounts on the card. Dominguez won the opener on Jimmy Vegas ($6), the third on Another Silver Oak ($4.60), the fourth on So Scott ($4.70) and the nightcap on Life’s Measure ($4.90).

Around the far turn of the Busanda, Dominguez wasn’t feeling too confident of his chances aboard Dance Quietly. The filly, who raced an up close fourth along the rail, was resenting dirt being kicked back in her face. Queen’s Harbor was setting the pace, being chased by Moonlit Malibu and Abba Dabbler.

Turning for home, Dance Quietly got moving again as the horse that was in front of her came off the rail, relieving Dance Quietly of the kickback.

Dance Quietly moved to the lead outside the eighth pole and outfinished a laboring Moonlit Malibu in the final furlong. Dance Quietly covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:45.05 and returned $5.40 as the 8-5 favorite.

“She wasn’t too happy with the combination of the kickback and being [inside],’’ Dominguez said. “I was very pleased that she kept on coming even though it didn’t look good at the five sixteenths. When the rail opened up it was very helpful and she got through, but I feel like she was looking around so I think there’s room for improvement.’’

Jonathan Thomas, the assistant to Pletcher, noted that the win was special in light of Evans’s death.
“She’s just one example of the great job Mr. Evans has done as a breeder,’’ he said. `”We are going to miss him.’’