05/15/2013 11:56AM

Pimlico: Dance to Bristol seeks fourth straight in Skipat

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Dance to Bristol, dominant winner of last month's Sugar Maple at Charles Town, will try to avoid a regression off that huge effort in Friday's six-furlong Skipat.

Though based in Maryland, Dance to Bristol makes her first appearance at Pimlico on Friday when she heads a field of seven fillies entered in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at six furlongs.

Dance to Bristol, stabled at the Bowie training center with trainer Ollie Figgins III, has won her last three starts, including a nine-length romp in the $200,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Charles Town on April 20. The big question is whether Dance to Bristol will bounce, or regress, off such a big performance.

“I think she came out of it very well. It didn’t seem to take anything out of her at all,” Figgins said Wednesday. “I worked her Friday. She worked really well, galloped out very strong. She’s ready to roll.”

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Dance to Bristol won the Sugar Maple from a stalking position and she should get plenty of pace to stalk with Orange’s Lil Sis, Funnys Approval, and Winning Image in the field. Xavier Perez rides from post 5.

“I love our post position. It’s a good, fair post to let her break and let her get comfortable and be wherever she chooses to be,” Figgins said.
Funnys Approval, based at Turfway Park, returns to Maryland, where in February she upset the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel at odds of 21-1. She then raced in the Grade 2 Ruffian at Aqueduct, where she finished fifth, beaten four lengths.

Trainer Jose Lopez said he felt that might have been a tad too far for his 4-year-old daughter of Outrageouslyfunny and thinks Funnys Approval will appreciate the cutback from a mile to six furlongs.

“I’m not worried about it. We can go stride for stride with whoever wants to sprint,” Lopez said.

Winning Image is a four-time listed stakes winner who makes her 6-year-old debut in this spot for trainer Michael Aro.