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For A Dancer: Small filly with a big heart
Thursday, July 26, 2012 - by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

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Kim French

Louisville, KY --- She certainly will not tip the scales due to her diminutive stature, but For A Dancer more than counteracts her less than imposing physical frame by the sheer size of that hollow muscular organ that pumps blood through her body.

“She is a very petite filly,” explained Joe Holloway, the filly’s conditioner. “But she has always been honest right from the beginning and has a lot of heart. She always tries.”

The daughter of Conway Hall and Fluttering Wings was a buyback for Bluestone Farms for $27,000 at the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale. In her two-year career For A Dancer has earned just shy of $500,000 from 17 starts with 14 triumphs, one second and one third. Her lifetime mark of 1.54 was established at Vernon Downs on June 8 in the $239,500 Empire Classic Breeders Final.

In her first year of racing, For A Dancer started a perfect eight for eight while competing primarily in New York Sire Stake company and the $175,000 New York Sire Stakes Final was one of those victories. The first time she didn’t have her picture taken was on October 21, 2011 when she finished second to Check Me Out in her $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination at Woodbine and then she went on to finish behind that rival and Win Missy B in the $600,000 final the following week. The final race of her season was on November 6 at Harrah’s Philadelphia when she finished sixth in her $20,000 Goldsmith Maid Elimination. It was the only race in which she has failed to pick up a check.

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For A Dancer brings a perfect 2012 slate into the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations.
This season, the filly comes into her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks Elimination a perfect six-for-six with $237,585 in the bank, which is behind only Check Me Out’s $572,055 in her field, while performing mostly in the New York program. She will place her unblemished 2012 record on the line when she leaves from post seven in race three at the Meadowlands, on Saturday, July 28.

“This weekend is going to be tough for her because it’s a big track and she’s so small and it’s up against all those really good horses,” Holloway said. “She finished third in the Breeders Crown, but Check Me Out and Win Missy B beat us up there. I can’t not give her a chance in there though because she gives her all and I know she won’t embarrass herself.

“I liked the first draw and the second one not so well, but you have to start somewhere,” he continued. “She’s very, very clean-gaited so that helps because if she is so small and if that wasn’t the case it would really be a detriment. I think she does pick up some on a smaller track, because of her gait and size where others might not go as well, but no matter what she always shows up.”

After her engagement in the Oaks, For A Dancer will return to the Empire State, then the Bluegrass and then north of the border.

“She still has another couple Sire Stakes and then we have the Final,” Holloway said. “Then we will go to Kentucky to try these again in the Filly Futurity and then again in the Breeders Crown. After that we will probably retire her.”

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