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Danse Macabre a Live Chance in Matron Stakes

The Kelsey Danner trainee became a stakes winner last out in the Untapable Stakes.

Danse Macabre wins the Untapable Stakes at Kentucky Downs

Danse Macabre wins the Untapable Stakes at Kentucky Downs

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NBS Stable and Elements Racing's stakes winner Danse Macabre will look to make the grade in the $150,000 Matron Stakes (G3T) Oct. 8, a six-furlong outer turf test for juvenile fillies, at the Belmont at the Big A fall meet.

Trained by Kelsey Danner, Danse Macabre is one of three returning rivals along with Redifined (third) and the pacesetting Sweet Harmony (fifth) from the Aug. 21 Bolton Landing Stakes won by Love Reigns at Saratoga Race Course.

Danse Macabre exited post 7-of-9 in the Bolton Landing under Luis Saez, bumping with Redifined and Aztec Nights at the start before settling in fifth position as Sweet Harmony blitzed a half-mile in :44.87. Love Reigns, fourth in the Queen Mary (G2) at Ascot, took over with three-sixteenths remaining to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Danse Macabre, who was three-quarters of a length better than Redifined.

"She broke a step slow and then horses on both sides of her came in on her and she lost her position," Danner said. "Love Reigns is a nice filly, so with her loose on the lead it was all over after that. But it was a good recovery and she kept trying. I like that about her. She had enough excuses to throw in the towel—she got banged around a bit on the backside that day as well, but she kept running."

Adam Beschizza picked up the mount last out in the 6 1/2-furlong Ainsworth Untapable Stakes Sept. 13 at Kentucky Downs, tracking from second position and advancing with purpose at the quarter-pole to take command en route to a nose score over Alluring Angel, who rallied from fifth position after a slow start.

"She sat just off of it and dug in deep that last bit. It's probably as far as she wants to go, but she gutted it out. There's a 300-foot run up, so that's pretty much seven-eighths with an uphill," Danner said. "Alluring Angel broke slow and had to make up ground and we got the jump on her, but obviously Danse is tough that last eighth of a mile. She's all heart. She's not a big filly by any means. She's just fast and solid."

Beschizza retains the mount from post 2 on Danse Macabre, who graduated at second asking July 13 at Colonial Downs in her turf debut.

Team D's Redifined graduated at first asking in June sprinting six furlongs over the Belmont Park turf for trainer Tony Dutrow. The $150,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase closed well after being bumped twice out of the gate last out in the Bolton Landing, rallying from seventh to finish third.

Gatsas Stables, R. A. Hill Stable, Steven Schoenfeld, and Smart Choice Stable's Bayern filly Sweet Harmony made her first two starts at Monmouth Park, taking a main-track maiden special weight in June ahead of a prominent 1 3/4-length score one month later in the Colleen Stakes at five furlongs over firm turf. She is trained by John Terranova II.

Entries: Matron S. (G3T)

Belmont at the Big A, Saturday, October 8, 2022, Race 6

  • Grade III
  • 6f
  • Outer turf
  • $150,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 3:16 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Dontlookbackatall (PA)Manuel Franco120Christophe Clement4/1
22Danse Macabre (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAdam Beschizza122Kelsey Danner3/1
33American Apple (KY)Eric Cancel120Daniel Leitch30/1
44How Lovely (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTrevor McCarthy120Arnaud Delacour8/1
55Fleetfooted (NY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano120Joe Sharp20/1
66Determined Jester (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateForest Boyce122Phil Schoenthal12/1
77Redifined (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJavier Castellano120Anthony W. Dutrow6/1
88Personal Pursuit (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJunior Alvarado120Mark E. Casse10/1
99Sweetlou'sgotaces (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateDylan Davis118Raymond Handal12/1
1010Sweet Harmony (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKendrick Carmouche122John P. Terranova, II10/1
1111Little Linzee (NY)Jose Antonio Gomez120Domenick L. Schettino8/1
1212Atomic Girl (NY)Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.120J. Kent Sweezey20/1
1313Apple Picker (KY)Dylan Davis120Rudy R. Rodriguez6/1
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