For A Dancer, Cocktail Attire win Lady Suffolks
May 04, 2012
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For A Dancer, the New York Sire Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Trot champion in 2011, showed maturity and speed at Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon when she won the first of two $38,850 divisions of the Lady Suffolk in 1:58.3. The second Lady Suffolk split went to Cocktail Attire, who scored in 1:57.4 for her fourth win in a row this year.
In the first Lady Suffolk division, Ray Schnittker took command of the race at the start with Lima Playmate and repelled a first-over attack by Chocolatta De Vie (Cat Manzi) in the first turn, which put the duo at the opening quarter in :28.2. Meanwhile, Jeff Gregory had settled For A Dancer, a daughter of Conway Hall, fourth at the pylons.
Going to the half Gregory sent For A Dancer to the front and Schnittker again showed he wasn't relinquishing control of the race, but going into the turn Lima Playmate suddenly broke stride and bounded to the outside. Luckily for Gregory, he was almost tucked in the pocket with For A Dancer.
As Gregory kept For A Dancer settled, Manzi zoomed up with Chocolatta De Vie and that filly led the race until the stretch drive, when For A Dancer trotted right by for an easy win.
Mitchel Skolnick's Bluestone Farms LLC owns For A Dancer, a winner of eight of 11 starts last season, while Joe Holloway trains the filly. Chocolatta De Vie held on for second while Starglow Hall, who had refused to go to the gate and delayed the race, settled down for a third-place finish.
There wasn't much action in the second division as driver Tony Schadel protected his inside starting spot with the odds-on favorite Cocktail Attire and led start to finish. As Cocktail Attire set fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1, Manzi sat a pocket trip with second-choice Loose Deuce, but a late stretch bid fell about three-quarters of a length short of catching the winner. Kristins Victory sat third the entire mile and finished third for Steve Smith.
Purchased last year for $12,000 but then turned out after two starts, Cocktail Attire is owned by Tony and Linda Schadel, the latter also the trainer of the daughter of Broadway Hall. She arrived at Freehold sporting a three-race sweep of the Action-Broadway Series at The Meadows, including a career-best 1:56.3 effort in the $27,400 final on April 25.