12/26/2016 7:12PM

Danzatrice shows her best side in Tiffany Lass

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Ridden by Florent Geroux, Danzatrice runs away with the Tiffany Lass on Monday.

Danzatrice looked on Monday at Fair Grounds like the horse rising through the 3-year-old filly ranks in 2015 before injury derailed her career.

After pressing Cinnamon Spice’s strong pace under Florent Geroux, Danzatrice took command of the $50,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes before the homestretch and went on to a 7 1/4-length victory over odds-on favorite Include Betty. Danzatrice ran one mile 70 yards in a fast 1:42.45 in what probably was her best race since late spring and early summer 2015.

Trained by Steve Asmussen for Gainesway Stable, Danzatrice paid $8.40 to win while proving far superior on the day to Grade 1 winner Include Betty, the 1-2 favorite. Danzatrice, by Dunkirk out of the Orientate mare Lady Pewitt, won for the fifth time in nine starts.

This was her second victory since Danzatrice returned from a layoff of well over one year. She captured a Delta Downs allowance race in her comeback run before finishing third there in the Treasure Chest Stakes. At peak form in 2015, Danzatrice, trained then by Cathal Lynch, easily beat the good filly By the Moon in the Parx Oaks before finishing fourth in Curalina’s Grade 1 Acorn Stakes. But after one more start that summer, Danzatrice disappeared for more than a year.

Monday, she always travelled comfortably under Geroux, easily taking the measure of the pacesetter before dashing clear even while failing to change leads in the homestretch. One possible upcoming race for Danzatrice is the Grade 3, $400,000 Sam Houston Ladies Classic on Jan. 29. Fair Grounds has no graded stakes races for older females on dirt or turf.

Shareholder Value wins allowance race

Shareholder Value finished well down the middle of the track to capture a first-level dirt allowance race for 2-year-olds at a mile and 70 yards later on the Fair Grounds card.

With two wins on his resume, Shareholder Value almost certainly will make his next start in a stakes race, and the logical spot would be the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds.

Trained by Tom Amoss for the Klaravich Stable, Shareholder Value raced without blinkers Monday for the first time in his career. Rank while inside early and behind horses under Shaun Bridgmohan, Shareholder Value settled down the backstretch as longshot Hotfoot set a mild pace, 48.45 seconds for the first half. Society Beau, Hotfoot’s Neil Howard-trained stablemate, made the first move, going three wide around the far turn to challenge for the lead as well-bet Hollow Point and recent Fair Grounds maiden winner Bobby the Brain moved up in tandem between horses.

Shareholder Value remained trapped along the inside until after turning for home, at which point Bridghmohan wheeled him out – perhaps fouling Iron Monarch, who was going to be last anyway – and steered him to the far outside. Shareholder Value quickly descended on the leaders to make the front inside the final furlong. He went on to a 3 1/4-length victory over Society Beau, who was out-quicked in upper stretch following his early, wide move, and who continued on resolutely.

Shareholder Value ran one mile 70 yards in a moderate 1:44.64, but his final quarter-mile was solid and he crossed the wire with good energy.

A son of Uncle Mo out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Rylee’s Song, Shareholder Value made his first two starts on turf before winning a one-turn-mile maiden race that was taken off the turf and run on a sloppy track in October at Keeneland. He was a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill while facing other winners for the first time.