Updated on 09/18/2011 12:53AM

Dubai Escapade takes Ballerina

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Dubai Escapade returns to her flashy dominant ways Sunday, rolling to an easy front-running, 8 1-2-length victory in the Ballerina Breeders' Cup Stakes at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Apparently what happens at Calder Racecourse stays at Calder Racecourse.

After finishing a disappointing sixth as the 1-4 favorite in the Princess Rooney Handicap last month at Calder, Dubai Escapade returned to her flashy dominant ways Sunday, rolling to an easy front-running, 8 1-2-length victory in the Grade 1, $250,000 before 12,675 at cool, damp Saratoga.

Nothing But Fun, rallied from last to be second, 1 1-2 lengths ahead of Stormy Kiss. Indian Flare, High Button Shoes, Malibu Mint who beat Dubai Escapade at Calder and Grecian Lover completed the order of finish.

The victory capped a spectacular weekend for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and his family. Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable owns Dubai Escapade as well as Grade 1 Travers winner Bernardini and the 2-year-old Incriminate, who won a maiden race on Saturday. Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing won Saturday's Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap with Ashkal Way and a Friday allowance race with the undefeated Discreet Cat. Sheikh Rajid, Sheikh Mohammed's son, won Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop with Henny Hughes. Four different trainers and riders won races for the family.

"It's a career weekend," said Eoin Harty, who trains Dubai Escapade and Incriminate. "For Darley and Godolphin and Sheikh Rajid to come here and do something like that ... people go their entire lives trying to win five or six races here. For them to come here and do what they did is incredible and speaks volumes for the entire Darley team."

Edgar Prado said he could tell immediately that the Dubai Escapade he rode Sunday was different than the one he rode at Calder. Sunday, Dubai Escapade broke on top and did not face any early pressure while running fractions of 22.62 seconds, 45.54, 1:10.08 and running seven furlongs in 1:23.07 over a good track. She returned $4.60 to win.

"I think the heat and the track got her that day," Prado said of the Princess Rooney. "She's faced the same competition before and destroyed the rest of the competition, but that day she ran only to the quarter pole and I was pretty much done. Today, she was doing it super. As soon as she got her feet under her coming out of the gate I knew she was going to be very tough to beat. I didn't even hit her, I just hand-ride her to the end."

It was the first Grade 1 victory for Dubai Escapade, a $2 million auction purchase and a half-sister to the Grade 1 winning mare Madcap Escapade. Her earlier North American stakes wins included the Madison at Keeneland and the Vagrancy at Belmont, both Grade 2 events.