Dancing Doll, an Ontario-bred two-year-old daughter of Artie Schiller, makes her stakes debut in Sunday’s $100,000 Glorious Song, at Woodbine.
Bred and owned by James Perron Racing Stable, Dancing Doll heads into the seven-furlong feature in winning form, a maiden-breaking score coming on October 21 at the Toronto oval.
Under Ademar Santos, the bay filly seized control of the six-furlong main track tilt by the quarter-mile mark and went on to win by 1-1/4 lengths under a hand ride.
Now, Dancing Doll, who has one win, two seconds and a third from five career starts, will step up to the stakes stage for trainer Nick Nosowenko.
Dancing Doll and jockey Ademar Santos winning on October 21 at Woodbine Racetrack, Michael Burns Photo
“She’s really good right now, the best she’s ever been,” said the long-time conditioner, who has 10 wins and $486,770 in purse earnings on the campaign. “She’s been growing into herself. In the last couple of races, she’s really started to fill out and lengthen, so she’s kind of putting it all together.”
Dancing Doll will face four rivals in the Glorious Song, including the Mark Casse trio of Devious Charm, Si Si Tequila and Souper Charlotte. The Glorious Song has been music to the ears of the Hall of Fame conditioner over the years. He’s won seven runnings overall and has taken four of the past five editions, including in 2017 with Win the War.
Nosowenko hopes his filly can show plenty of bite this Sunday.
“She’s pretty mean in her stall,” said the lifetime winner of 117 races, whose top horses include Run to the Bank, Cooler Mike and She’s a Ringer. “She likes to pretend she’s the champ in there. She wants to bite everyone going by. Jim, the owner, he brings her the mints and she likes him a lot. It’s kind of funny. He comes in the barn and heads over to her, gives her mint, and then he can pet her. Anybody else tries to go near her and she tries to take a piece out of them.”
He’s looking for Dancing Doll to bring that competitive spirit to the Tapeta this weekend.
“She’s feeling good,” noted Nosowenko. “You can only worry about other horses so many times. I think at this stage, they have to worry about us. You have to look at your own horse and say, ‘Is she doing everything right?’ And she is.”
The Glorious Song is slated as race eight (approximate post time of 4:42 p.m.) on Sunday’s 12-race card. First post is set for 1 p.m.
FIELD FOR THE GLORIOUS SONG
Post - Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Dancing Doll – Ademar Santos – Nick Nosowenko
2 – Souper Charlotte – Eurico Rosa da Silva – Mark Casse
3 – Devious Charm – Rafael Hernandez – Mark Casse
4 – Si Si Tequila – Gary Boulanger – Mark Casse
5 – Above All Names – Skye Chernetz – Bonnie Eshelman