DANCE QUIETLY (A.P. Indy) made her stakes debut a winning one on Saturday when posting a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $65,000 Busanda S. at Aqueduct.
A homebred of the late Edward P. Evans, the Todd Pletcher pupil bided her time in midpack under patient handling from jockey Ramon Dominguez. The pair found plenty of room to angle out for the stretch run and took over before hitting the wire in a final time of 1:45 for the mile-and-70-yard affair.
"It was her first time getting kickback and she wasn't too happy with the combination of the kickback and being (inside)," Dominguez said. "I was very pleased with how she kept on coming, all the way. I feel like she was kind of green, looking around, so there is room for improvement."
Assistant trainer Jonathan Thomas agreed.
"She's very athletic," he said. "I think she's still improving. She ran greenly and she was still able to win a stakes. She's obviously a talented horse with a bright future."
Dance Quietly was the stable's first Evans-homebred winner since the prominent owner/breeder passed away on December 31.
"She's just one example of the great job Mr. Evans had done as a breeder," Thomas added. "We are going to miss him."
This fast inner track test was Dance Quietly's first race against winners, as she just broke her maiden by a neck at Monmouth Park in November. Now owning a 4-2-1-0 mark, the gray sophomore lass doubled her career earnings to $77,950.