05/20/2011 1:26PM

Woodbine: Dancingall Theway goes for repeat in New Providence


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Dancingall Theway ran the race of his life to capture the 2010 New Providence Stakes, and he will try to win that six-furlong event again Sunday at Woodbine.

Dancingall Theway came wide from third to beat a good field of Ontario-sired sprinters in last year’s New Providence, earning a big but seemingly inflated Beyer Speed Figure of 102. He missed the board in each of his next three outings before getting the winter off.

Returning in a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer April 8, Dancingall Theway finished second to a sharp D’oro Diablo after pressing the pace along the inside.

“He likes the outside,” trainer Lorne Richards said. “He got a little hampered drawing the rail in his first start of the year but ran well enough. Quite often, these Ontario-sired races aren’t any tougher than that kind of race. He likes to have a little time between races and seems to be doing okay. When he’s good, he usually doesn’t disappoint us.”

Dancingall Theway drew post 1 and will be ridden by Luis Contreras, who usually circles wide after taking his mounts back off the early pace.

Sand Cove, last year’s champion older male in Canada, is starting for the first time since his authoritative score Dec. 1 in the Sir Barton Stakes, for which he earned a 100 Beyer.

Sand Cove got off to a slow start last spring, finishing fifth in a pair of sprints, before taking the 1 1/16-mile Steady Growth Stakes. He might need at least one race before regaining his best form.

Richard Dos Ramos will ride Sand Cove, the 124-pound highweight, who is trained by Roger Attfield.

Don’s Folly returned from a winter layoff to take the opening-day feature, the five-furlong Debut Stakes, on April 2. He rallied stoutly from six lengths off a quick pace and earned an 82 Beyer in that restricted event.

“He looked great for a horse who’d been up here all winter,” trainer Ian Black said, noting that Don’s Folly has trained forwardly since the Debut. “He’s been off a long time, but he’s been breezing regularly and well. The only thing that bothers me is if there will be enough pace up front.”

Daniel Be Good, who was a front-running fifth in last year’s New Providence, figures to lead the way.