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Dance Code Wire-to-Wire in $100,000 Parx Juvenile

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December 30, 2021

Dance Code ran hard every step of the way when capturing  $100,000 Parx Juvenile, one of two $100,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs on the December 29 card.

Ridden by Nik Juarez, Dance Code blasted out to the lead and the inside but was immediately under siege from both favored Speaking and Practical Coach. Those three scooted through an opening quarter of 22.77 seconds.
Practical Coach came off the bit on the turn leaving Speaking as Dance Code’s primary challenger. They continued their pitched battle after a half-mile in 45.53.  

Speaking, the winner of the Smoke Glacken Stakes at Monmouth on Sept. 26, drew alongside Dance Code, but hung on his left lead all the way to the wire.

Dance Code drifted out slightly nearing the wire but finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of Speaking. It was 2 1/4 lengths back to ground-saving Script in third. Southern Runner, Vine Jet, Practical Coach, slow-starting Egot a Poker Face, and Raging Tempest completed the order of finish.

Dance Code raced seven furlongs over the fast track in 1:26.32.


Reached by phone after the race, trainer Juan Vazquez mentioned he was torn about whether to run Dance Code here or in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on New Year’s Day.

“I really wanted to run in the Jerome at a mile, but there were some scratches here and I made a last-minute decision.”

A debut winner at Parx on June 28, Dance Code finished a well-beaten third in the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga on July 17 after stumbling badly at the start. He was given three months off after finishing ninth in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on Aug. 14.

Dance Code won his comeback race, a non-winners of two lifetime allowance at Parx on Nov. 10 before finishing fourth in the restricted Pennsylvania Nursery earlier this month.

A son of Honor Code out of the winning Street Boss mare Dancinginthestreet, Dance Code was bred in Pennsylvania by Blackstone Farm. Purchased for $13,000 as a yearling from South Point Sales, he was pinhooked this winter and sold to Richie’s World Stable for $50,000 at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Vazquez said that he is looking forward to stretching Dance Code out in distance for his next start.


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Big Night For Blackstone Farm at Fasig-Tipton November


November 9, 2021

Blackstone Farm sold the mare Perfect Note and her 2021 foal by Medaglia d'Oro for a combined $1.1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Night of the Star sale on November 9. 

Perfect Note's pedigree received two tremendous updates in 2021. Mystic Guide, her 4-year-old half-brother by Ghostzapper, won the Dubai World Cup in late March, upping his career earnings to over $7.4 million. Two month later her 3-year-old Distorted Humor half- brother Gershwin scored in the $300,000 Pen Mile S. (G3).

Gracie Bloodstock signed the $800,000 ticket on Perfect Note who is carrying her forth foal, by Ghostzapper. Her first foal, a colt by Nyquist sold for $510,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling sale. 

Her third foal proved popular at Fasig November as well with Sausalito Partners/David Campbell securing the colt by Medaglia d'Oro for $300,000.


Taylor Made Sales consigned both Perfect Note and her Medaglia d'Oro colt.

You Look Cold Cruises in Finest City S.

September 13, 2021

Blackstone Farm-bred You Look Cold dominated Monmouth

foes by 6 1/2 lengths on debut going six panels on debut Aug. 7

before stretching out to a mile in the Sorority S. at the

Jersey Shore oval.

Made a narrow second choice stepping into state-bred
company in the $100,000 Finest City S., the son of Frosted

was last out of the stalls, but rapidly moved up to be second

as the quarter went up in :22.47.

On even terms with the longshot pacesetter passing a
:45.57 half, the dark bay drifted out in early stretch, took charge
after straightening out nearing the eighth pole and finished
strong for a convincing score.


You Look Cold races in the colors of Kinsman Stable & F L I Racing
and now has earnings just shy of $100,000.

You Look Cold is the first foal out of the Lookin At Lucky mare

Lucky Draw who has a yearling More Than Ready filly and produced

a colt by the same sire this term before visiting Gun Runner.

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The Critical Way Makes Grade in G3 Parx Dash 

August 31, 2021gust 

Monster Racing Stables' The Critical Way held on for a third straight

stakes victory and his first at the graded level in the $200,000 Parx Dash Stakes (G3T) Aug. 31 at Parx Racing.

The Critical Way was bred by Blackstone Farm in Pennsylvania out of the Star de Naskra mare Critical Factor. Trained by Jose Delgado, he increased his earnings to $593,168 from a 10-6-2 record in 27 starts. 


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