Updated on 09/15/2011 12:42PM

'Dancers' win split Lake George


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Voodoo Dancer performed as expected while Light Dancer pulled off the biggest upset of the young Saratoga meeting Monday in split divisions of the Grade 3 Lake George Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf.

Voodoo Dancer waltzed home a 4 1/2-length winner in the $112,250 second division. Sadler's Dancer, who set a dawdling pace and then battled back after being passed by two horses in upper stretch, finished second, a nose ahead of Ok to Dance. It was another neck back to Silver Tornado, who hopped in the air at the break.

Voodoo Dancer stalked a dawdling pace before taking over turning for home. Jockey Jerry Bailey lost his whip inside the eighth pole, but simply hand-rode the filly to the wire. She covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.45 over a firm Mellon turf course and returned $3.70 to win as the 4-5 favorite.

It was the fifth win - and first graded stakes - for Voodoo Dancer since her trainer, Christophe Clement, put her on the turf last October.

"I always thought she was a very good filly, she got beat once at Keeneland; she was a bit rank that day," said Clement, who trains the filly for Green Hills Farm. "With a bit of racing luck, she should be unbeaten. I thought she ran an awesome race today. Even with a slow pace she's got the most amazing turn of foot. . . . This filly is special."

Bailey won his 11th race of the meeting despite losing the whip when it got caught in the saddle towel. Bailey is tied with John Velazquez atop the jockey standings.

Clement said he would point Voodoo Dancer to either the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks (Aug. 18) or the $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont (Sept. 9), both Grade 1 races.

In the first division, 37-1 shot Light Dancer trailed the field until the three-eighths pole, launched a six-wide move around the turn and into the stretch, and rallied past Owsley to win the $111,750 division by three-quarters of a length. Owsley held second, a neck in front of Cozzy Corner. Love n' Kiss S., also trained by Clement, finished fourth.

Light Dancer, a Florida-bred son of Colony Light, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.06 and returned $77 to win, the longest-priced winner of the meet thus far.

Amaretta, the 8-5 favorite, faded to sixth after dueling with Marq of Beauty early.

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