Dancing House Back At Keeneland For Madison
Time/Date - 17.20hrs local time/Saturday, April 9, 2016
Racecourse/Country - Keeneland/USA
Surface/Distance - Dirt/7f
Dancing House is out to continue her upward curve when she returns to Keeneland on Saturday, April 9 for a strong renewal of the G1 Madison Stakes over seven furlongs on dirt.
The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained five-year-old mare is unbeaten in two appearances at the Kentucky course, having scored on turf in a mile allowance race in October, 2014, and taken a six-furlong allowance optional claimer on dirt at last year's spring meeting.
The daughter of Tapit heads back to Keeneland on the back of a career-best effort in the G2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap over seven furlongs on dirt at Laurel Park on February 13, when she quickened clear before being eased to win impressively by a length and three quarters.
Dancing House started her year with a good second to American champion female sprinter La Verdad in the non-graded Interborough Stakes over six furlongs on dirt at Aqueduct on January 9.
Luis Saez rides Dancing House for the first time and they face up to 12 rivals including Stopchargingmaria and Wavell Avenue, who both gained G1 victories at the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland last year, plus G1 winners Sheer Drama, Cavorting and Birdatthewire.
Kiaran McLaughlin said: "This looks an extremely difficult race for Dancing House but that's what tends to happen when you step up to G1 level.
"She is doing very well and came out of the Barbara Fritchie in good order.
"She likes Keeneland and has a good draw in gate seven, but this is definitely a tough spot for her."