Updated on 09/17/2011 10:06AM

Dancing Capote takes City of Las Cruces

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Sunland Park, N. M. - On Valentine's Day of this year Dancing Capote was a non-descript five-year-old mare entered in a three-life allowance. After Saturday's $75,000-added City of Las Cruces Handicap, she is a stakes winner on a three race streak.

Second choice Timed To a T. went straight to the lead as expected. Once onto the backside, however, it became apparent why leading rider Jorge Bourdieu had chosen Lord Imajones for the race instead as she was obviously not herself. Timed to a T. began to bear out badly under Nena Matz and by the head of the stretch was all done. Bourdieu sent Lord Imajones to the lead from a bit off the rail and looked on his way to victory. Dancing Capote had bid four wide into the lane under Ricardo Jaime but lugged in from a right whip midstretch, briefly losing momentum. Jaime quickly switched to the left, his mount responded and took over fifty yards from the finish.

Dancing Capote then survived an objection from the trainer of Scarzane, Mac Millar, who felt his horse had been impeded by the winner when she lugged in.

After a stewards review, the result stood.

Dancing Capote, owned by Joe Dee and Lisa Brooks and trained by Todd Fincher, covered the two-turn mile in 1:37.66 and returned $7. After her three-life win February 14, Fincher decided to try her at a route in a classified allowance. She seemed to relish the added distance and scored a mild upset. Now, in the space 29 days she has won three straight to bring her record to 18-5-6-1. The $47,430 she earned in the City of Las Cruces brought her career earnings to $131,502.