Edward Evans' homebred DIXIE CITY (Dixie Union) turned back a bid from Believe in A. P. (A.P. Indy) leaving the far turn and rolled home an easy winner in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle S. (G2) at Aqueduct. A troubled third when making her stakes debut in the November 6 Tempted S. (G3), the Tony Dutrow-trained juvenile filly improved her mark to 5-3-0-2 with the 3 1/4-length decision, completing 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 4/5 under the guidance of Jose Lezcano.
Dixie City paid $5.60 and $2.40 as the 9-5 second favorite with entry-mate Summer Laugh (Distorted Humor). There was no show betting due to only four wagering interests in the five-horse field.
The Virginia-bred lass went right to the front from her rail post and established early fractions of :24 1/5, :48 and 1:12 4/5. Believe in A. P. raced within striking range at the back of the pack before advancing into contention on the far turn, but Lezcano let it out a notch turning for home and Dixie City quickly widened her lead, passing the mile mark in 1:38 3/5 with a six-length cushion.
"I didn't think the distance was much of an issue as she's bred to go long," Dutrow said. "She had running on her mind, and they let her set a nice, easy pace. I left the race in Jose's hands. I didn't know what would happen as these fillies were going two turns."
"Tony told me, 'Do whatever you have to do,'" Lezcano explained. "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 A. P.) I didn't know how much horse he had, but I knew I had more."
Believe in A. P. returned $2.40 as the even-money favorite and capped the $11 exacta. It was a 11 1/4-length gap back to Tap for Luck (Tapit) in third, and Full Moon Blues (Petionville) and Summer Laugh came next under the wire. Light Your World (Awesome Again) was scratched.
Dixie City is out of the multiple stakes-placed City Sister (Carson City), who is also the dam of the stakes-placed Union City and a weanling filly who are both full sisters to the Demoiselle winner as well a yearling filly by Bernardini. The 10-year-old mare is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner and sire Fast Decision (Gulch), and this is the family of 1993 champion two-year-old and sire Dehere (Deputy Minister); multiple Grade 2 hero Diablo (Damascus); and Grade 2 victress Sportful Snob (Sportful).
Dixie City has now earned $203,180.