Mutamakina smartly makes his own dance in Woodbine E! News UK
Mutamakina wins Long Island.
Mutamakina (GB) followed the pace set by Alnaseem (GB), waited for the last turn to move and withstood a challenge from Chad Brown’s Etoile in stride to win the 2nd Year Dance Smartly at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, in Ontario. . The 1 1/4 mile race, which is part of the Queen’s Plate undercard, saw the daughter of Irish stallion Nathaniel claim her first G2 victory for owner Al Shira’aa Farms and trainer Christophe Clement.
Coming out of post six, Dylan Davis put Mutamakina behind leader Alnaseem, with Blame Debbie behind them on the rail in third. Mutamaking was never more than a length behind the leader, as Alnaseem set fractions of: 25.98 for the first quarter and: 50.32 for the half mile. Inside the half-mile, Alnaseem looked set to make Dance Smartly his own in a end-to-end performance, but Davis got Mutakmakina on as he approached the top of the stretch.
In the stretch on an EP Taylor firm turf course, Mutamakina equalized with Alnaseem, then accelerated in front of her. Irad Ortiz, Jr. moved Etoile from the rail through a hole between the horses, finding room to run twice in a row, but it wasn’t enough to catch up with trainee Clement. Mutamakina resisted an Etoile et Merveilleux in the quick close to win the half-length G2 Dance Smarty. Court Return was fourth. Blaming Debbie, Alnaseem and Afleet Katherine complete the order of arrival.
The time for the mile and a quarter was 2: 01.26.
Mutamakina paid $ 8.80, $ 3.50 and $ 2.60. Etoile paid $ 2.60 and $ 2.10. Wonderful paid $ 3.30.
Bred in Great Britain by Widgham Stud, Mutamakina is a 5 year old mare by Nathaniel and the mare Danehill Joshua’s Princess (GB). She was presented by New England Stud at the Tattersalls October 2017 Yearling Sale and purchased by Agent Shawn Dugan for $ 137,225. The Dance Smartly is Mutamakina’s first win in four starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of four wins in 15 starts.
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