06/27/2009 11:00PM

Dance for Us gets up by nose in Bison City


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Dance for Us ($27.10) nosed out the 48-1 maiden Flashy Got Even to capture Sunday's $251,200 Bison City Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian triple tiara at Woodbine.

Dance for Us got a super ride from Chantal Sutherland, who split horses on the backstretch to loom into contention on the far turn, after trailing the field early.

Dance for Us was angled three-wide for the drive, and she poked her head in front at the eighth pole before barely holding off Flashy Got Even. She completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.59.

"I thought there would be some pace, but [the field] clumped together," said Sutherland. "I had to wait on the backside, and then around the half-mile pole, there was an opportunity to make a move. I was going with my flow, and we fought it out down the stretch."

Dance for Us, trained by Barbara Minshall for Minshall Farm, banked $150,000 in her first stakes triumph.

After setting a moderate pace, High Mist faded late to end up third. Retraceable, the 1-2 favorite, was a flat sixth in the eight-horse field of Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

The winner of the Woodbine Oaks, the first leg of the triple tiara, was Milwaukee Appeal, who finished third against males in last Sunday's Queen's Plate.

Midst draws off in My Dear

Favored Midst ($6.10) polished off a good field in Sunday's other stakes, the $157,900 My Dear, a five-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies.

Midst dueled up front with Letter of the Law before taking control at the top of the stretch, and then held off a bid from New York shipper Fanny Freud to prevail by a length, in a quick time of 56.73. Elated Moon wound up third in the 11-horse field.

Midst earned $90,000 for Let's Go Stable and trainer Mark Casse.