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Dance To Bristol honored in retirement ceremony

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Dance To Bristol was honored by the Maryland Jockey Club in her retirement ceremony that was held on Nov. 16. It was a moving ceremony for her connections as the refined, hard-running filly left the racecourse for the last time. The official announcement of Dance To Bristol's retirement was somewhat delayed and the writer is certain her fans wanted to read about the honor by the Maryland Jockey Club on her behalf.

She had her last race in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 2 in which she ran sixth.

Dance To Bristol is owned by Susan Wantz and her trainer is Ollie Figgins III. She ran 10 races in 2013, three of which were graded stakes. The filly won seven of the races.

By now, Dance To Bristol has most likely already left for Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she will begin her broodmare career.

According to Blood Horse, Wantz said about Dance To Bristol:

She's a wonderful horse and she's going to be bred to War Front. We did what was best for her. It was a really hard decision. Everyone wanted her. We knew we weren't going to sell her. We wanted to have a say. She couldn't leave the country. She couldn't be resold. We're looking forward to seeing her beautiful babies.

Dance To Bristol was sired by Speightstown. When her jockey was Xavier Perez, their team ran seven straight wins from February to August. This included the three graded races in New York – Grade III Bed Of Roses, Grade II Honorable Miss and Grade I Ballerina.

All of Dance To Bristol’s human admirers spoke on her behalf at her retirement ceremony. Her final race career finished with 10 wins and eight seconds out of 20 total career starts. Her total earnings amount to $980,880.

We wish her many beautiful babies.

Source: Blood Horse

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