06/08/2013 5:21PM

Finger Lakes: Capella Dancer fires off long layoff in Susan B. Anthony

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Capella Dancer, racing for the first time since November, rallies under Joel Cruz to win the Susan B. Anthony for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Capella Dancer, making her first start since November, rallied from fourth in the stretch and made up a 3 1/2-length deficit in the final furlong to win the $50,000 Susan B. Anthony Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares Saturday at Finger Lakes.

A 4-year-old filly trained by Michael Ferraro for Happy Face Racing Stable, Capella Dancer ($16.60) was making her first appearance since winning a nonwinners-of-three-lifetime allowance last Nov. 23. Princess Phoebe, taken wide on the muddy track by Pedro Rodriguez, came into the top of the stretch with a 2 1/2-length advantage, but jockey Joel Cruz saved ground cutting the corner with Capella Dancer and finished fast just to the inside of the pacesetter to draw clear by 1 1/4 lengths.

In winning for the fourth time in 12 starts, Capella Dancer completed six furlongs in 1:12.07. Princess Phoebe, who was bidding for her sixth straight win, settled for second, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Saltamontes. Nicole’s Miss El finished seventh as the 3-1 favorite.

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
The race should be graded for fillies on Friday's card at Belmont, like Kentucky Oaks and black eyed Susan at Pimlico. IMHO! There's too many great races going on in Elmont today, so for me, this was a missed must see. Gary, Joel and Johnny are hot today. It's gonna be a great Belmont Stakes. The under cards have all been awesome.