Godolphin Racing and Kiaran McLaughlin captured their second graded stakes race of the day Saturday when Dancing House took down her first in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park. The 5-year-old mare by Tapit covered the seven-furlong distance in 1:25.23 over the fast main track, following up the earlier win by Penwith in Gulfstream Park's Royal Delta Stakes.
Dancing House was placed in perfect stalking position by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, settling into second just off the rapid pace set by Hot City Girl. The latter blew through fractions of :22.87, :46.34 and 1:11.96 before giving way to Dancing House and the heavy favorite Sabelia, head and head at the top of the lane. Carmouche urged Dancing House to victory for McLaughlin, sprinting home in front by 1 3/4 lengths. Sabelia faded to third, overcome by McLaughlin's other horse Clothes Fall Off. Sweet On Smokey was fourth.
“That was fabulous. I was very excited,” said McLaughlin. “It was a very tough, tough race. Both fillies ran great. I'm very, very happy to be first and second. Clothes Fall Off ran big and she'll have her chance down the road. She ran very well stepping up to a Grade 2 stakes. Dancing House, it's nice to get her a Grade 2 win because she was Grade 1 stakes-placed before. It was a great, great day.”
Bred in Kentucky by Darley, Dancing House is out of the multiple graded stakes winning Tout Charmant, by Slewvescent. Her record is now 5-2-3 from 11 starts, with the Barbara Fritchie victory boosting her career earnings to nearly $450,000.
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