Bet on the Dance Smartly Stakes
Renamed for one of the greatest Canadian racing fillies of all time, the Dance Smartly Stakes assumed its current moniker in 1998 after being run as the Woodbine Breeders’ Cup Handicap since its inception in 1986. The Dance Smartly, held at a a mile and one eighth on the grass for fillies three years-old an upwards, is held annually in July at Woobine and was offered for a purse of $226,000 in 2015. The Grade 2 event regularly draws competitive fields consisting of top-class turf fillies from the United States and Canada.
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Dance Smartly Stakes Betting Odds
Consistently one of the best betting races of the year in North American, the 2015 Dance Smartly featured a logical selection getting up at the wire against a competitive nine-horse field. Strut the Course, sent to post at odds of 3/1 was able to overhaul the pacesetters and hold off even-money favorite and grade 1 winner Watsdanchances in the stretch to earn and impressive victory. As usual, bettors using an online racebook such as Bovada were able to recoup rebates of 3% on all straight wagers and 5% on all exotic bets to enhance their winnings or defray losing tickets.
2016 Dance Smartly Stakes Contenders
With a field of 11 fillies and mares signed on for the Dance Smartly July 2, the race figures to be an excellent wagering event. 5/2 morning line favorite Strut the Course is a recognizable name after winning last year’s Dance Smartly and following that effort with a victory in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes. The Barbara Minshall trainee appears to be rounding back into form while making her third start this year. Strut the Course finished third last out in the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes May 29 at Woodbine. Former Canadian Horse of the Year, Lexie Lou (4/1) was in over her head while finishing tenth in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes June 11 at Belmont, but figures to give a more honest account of herself against this field. The Mark Casse trainee won the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes last out and is always a force at Woodbine.
Entries w/ ML Odds
1-Ball Dancing 12/1
2-Secret Action 20/1
3-Lexie Lou 4/1
5-Strut the Course 5/2
7-The Tea Cups 6/1
Did you know?
The Dance Smartly Stakes has been run consecutively since its inception in 1986 and has been won by such notable runners as Bessarabian (1986), Bold Ruritana (1996), and Marketing Mix (2012). Well-established Canadian trainer Roger Attfield has won the race three times, claiming victories in 1987, 2002, and 2005. The race’s namesake was inducted to both the Canadian and United Stakes racing halls of fame after winning major races in both countries from 1990 to 1992. Most importantly, Dance Smartly was the first Canadian-bred horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race after winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in 1991. Dance Smartly was a Canadian Triple Crown winner in 1991 sweeping the Queen’s Plate, Prince of Wales, and Breeders’ Stakes.