Never Retreat does it again the G2 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine!
Woodbine: Never Retreat doesn't have to settle for second in Dance Smartly By Ron Gierkink Never Retreat, second in her first two appearances at Woodbine, captures the Grade 2 Dance Smartly.ETOBICOKE, Ontario â€” Never Retreat didnâ€™t surrender in Sundayâ€™s $301,400 Dance Smartly Stakes, in which she held off favored Bay to Bay and Mekong Melody in the late going to take the Grade 2, nine-furlong turf route for fillies and mares. Never Retreat ($10.10), based at Arlington with trainer Chris Block, had been to Woodbine twice before, which resulted in two runner-up placings in stakes. She polished off an excellent field Sunday under Shaun Bridgmohan. â€œShe so professional,â€ said Bridgmohan. â€œShe was relaxed, sitting off horses. She made the lead, and was looking around for some competition. When I switched sticks left-handed, I got after her, and she gave me what I needed.â€ War Tigress set a slow pace while being tracked by Never Retreat, who took control early in the stretch en route to a 1 Â¼-length win over Bay to Bay, who had beaten her in the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes here June 4. Mekong Melody, last yearâ€™s Dance Smartly winner, finished a close third in the 10-horse field. The final time was 1:46.48 over the firm going. Never Retreat collected $180,000 for Team Block.
Sep 5th, 2011 08:20 AM