10/20/2006 11:00PM

Paradise Dancer's best ever?


Paradise Dancer made short work of seven rivals in the $45,000 Go To Will Stakes, drawing off to a convincing 9 1/2-length victory over the pacesetting Kopper Kilgoar in the seven-furlong overnight stakes.

Paradise Dancer, a 6-year-old son of Langfuhr, was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Kirk Ziadie for owner Richard Averill on Aug. 4. After finishing a tiring fourth in the Hooting Star Stakes on the grass earlier this month, Paradise Dancer returned to his favorite main-track surface and ran perhaps the best race of his career, beginning by stalking the lead from the outset.

Kopper Kilgoar proved no match for the winner but was easily second-best, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Grade 3 winner Universal Form for the place.

Gold Timber could not recover from trouble after the start and finished a non-threatening fourth.

Paradise Dancer, who carried co-highweight of 121 pounds under the allowance conditions of the race, covered the distance in 1:23.70 over the fast track under jockey Elvis Trujillo and paid $5.40.