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2008 "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day at the Fair Grounds

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Danceroftherealm wins the 2008 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Stakes
Danceroftherealm with Miguel Mena up wins the 2008 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Stakes

Danceroftherealm with Miguel Mena up wins the 2008 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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A field of eight older fillies and mares sprinted 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf in the $100,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Stakes. Cat On A Cloud set the early pace of 22.30 and 46.39 but tired entering the stretch. Favorite Smitty's Sunshine, who had stalked her down the backstretch, opened by a 1 1/2 length lead in mid stretch but the race set up for the closers, with four all making strong rallies late. At the line, Danceoftherealm prevailed by 1/2 a length over Flying Circle, who was in turn a neck ahead of Kindling in third, in 1:04.59 over the firm course. Smitty's Sunshine was fifth.
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Winning jockey Miguel Mena said, "She broke well and we got to the inside. At the three-eighths pole, I smooched her a little and she started flying. I'm very impressed she ran so well after 15 days."

Winning trainer Malcolm Pierce added, "This filly ran huge today. I ran her back a little quick (last start was 15 days ago), but her last was so easy she deserved a shot here. She beat a quality field of horses here. This win increases her value, now she's a stakes winner."

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