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2011 Preakness Stakes Profile: Dance City

Wet conditions could make Dance City a real contender to win at Pimlico. (AP Images)

Dance City might very well be the type of horse that can pull off a historic win at the 2011 Preakness Stakes, although there isn’t a wealth of information on him as he has only raced four times.   However, it is enough to say that Dance City is trained by Todd Pletcher and will be ridden by 2010 Eclipse Award Outstanding Jockey Ramon Dominguez.

Well not necessarily of the same royal background as Astrology, Dance City has a couple of notable horses in his bloodline with Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector having contributed to his gene pool. His father is City Zip who had a productive if unremarkable career in Grade 1 through Grade 3 races.   City Zip has gone on to be a very impressive sire which also speaks to Dance City’s quality of breeding.

Racing History
To date Dance City has only raced four times but has been on the board in each of his starts including two wins. His most recent and highest profile race was the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in which he placed a close third behind Kentucky Derby entrants Archarcharch and Nehro respectively.   Given the strong showing by Nehro in the Kentucky Derby this is a good sign of Dance City’s potential.  

Preakness Prospects
It will be interesting to see what post position Dance City draws but he does have Grade 1 pedigree and form. Further, he has run well over shorter distances and has won in wet conditions both of which could bode well for this year’s race at Pimlico. Given that he is currently listed between 13-1 and 11-1 there could be some real value here in what might be a possible upset.

The latest training news also has him running one of the fastest five furlongs of the week in 1:00 1/5 so expect a strong and fast start from Dance City.

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