Dixie City - The Demoiselle (G2)

The Grade 2, $200000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies went to Dixie City, who used similar front-running tactics to draw off to a decisive victory. After dicating a half in 48.19, Dixie City turned back a challenge from favored Believe in AP nearing the quarter pole and was kept to task to find the wire 3 ¼ lengths to the good of that rival. "[Trainer] Tony [Dutrow] told me, 'Do whatever you have to do,'" said jockey Jose Lezcano. "She broke so sharply I wasn't about to take hold of her. On the backside, I went inside, and she gave me a big run. When I saw [Ramon Dominguez and Believe in AP] I didn't know how much horse he had, but I knew I had more." Dixie City, part of a coupled entry that went off as the 9-5 second choice, paid $5.60 for a $2 win wager and stopped the timer in 1:52.84 for 1 1/8 miles. "I didn't think the distance was much of an issue as she's bred to go long," said Dutrow. "She had running on her mind, and they let her set a nice, easy pace." An Edward P. Evans homebred, Dixie City has won three of her last four starts, taking two straight at Parx Racing on August 31 and October 2 and finishing third in the Grade 3 Tempted at Aqueduct on November 6. The $120000 winner's share of the Demoiselle purse boosted her earnings to $203180. Third-place finisher Tap for Luck was followed by Tempted winner Full Moon and Summer Laugh.

 

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