Rockbridge Bloodstock 2YO Purchase Sparkles on Debut at Saratoga

Rockbridge Bloodstock 2-year-old purchase Irish Danzing broke on top in a 6 furlong Maiden Special at Saratoga before deferring to sit second behind a :22.27 quarter.

Drawing alongside pacesetting Aubrey Tate five sixteenths out, she took charge once set down in early stretch and powered clear to score geared down by 6 1/2 lengths.

Mike Recio’s Rockbridge Bloodstock purchased the filly for $120,000 at the OBS April auction on behalf of the Final Furlong racing partnership. She showed her potential at the sale with a sterling quarter-mile breeze in :21 flat and continued to show an upbeat worktab for her racing debut capped by a local half-mile breeze in :48 3/5.

She earned a very good juvenile debut Beyer Speed Figure of 74.

Irish Danzing (Sarah Andrew photo)

“My team and I (Grey Price and John Fahey) loved her and talked about the breeze way before we saw her at the barn, said Recio. “Grey said ‘wait to you see her at the barn’. When all three of us saw her together we knew we had to find a buyer for her.”

That buyer was Final Furlong Racing.

“(Final Furlong’s) Dan Zannata and Vince Roth liked her from the moment they saw her breeze on video,” Recio continued. “She breezed in :21 flat and galloped out in :33 and :47.2 with a nice stride. Coupled with her physical that spelled runner for us.”

“We went higher for her then the guys have ever spent and we have been rewarded so far. Hopefully the sky is the limit.

“The guys in Final Furlong understand that a team is important they have faith in my group. They have Brandon and Ali Rice breaking and training them early, and their outstanding group of trainers at the track to give their partnership group a real chance to succeed.”

“It’s a great team to be part of and the confidence they show in all of us makes it enjoyable and easy to do our job. I really think we have something big going on together and it’s just the start.”

Irish Danzing is the 4th winner for her first crop sire Danza, winner of the Arkansas Derby. He stands at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.

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