Dancing Buck Points to $150K Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship

November 3, 2022

Dancing Buck and jockey Manny Franco victorious in the G3 Belmont Turf Sprint (NYRA/Coglianese)

NYRA Press Office

OZONE PARK, N.Y.— J and N Stables and Diamond Stable’s graded-stakes winning New York-bred Dancing Buck is pointed to the six-furlong $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship for 3-year-olds and upward on November 25.

Trainer Michelle Nevin opted not to ship the 4-year-old War Dancer gelding to Kentucky after he landed on the also-eligible list for Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland. Bred in the Empire State by J & N Stables, Dancing Buck has posted a career ledger of 14-6-3-1 for purse earnings of $431,770. But the talented dark bay has taken a significant step forward this year, besting winners in June at Belmont and in July at Saratoga ahead of a narrow nose defeat to Thin White Duke in the Lucky Coin on September 2 at the Spa.

Last out, Dancing Buck made every pole a winning one to make the grade in the six-furlong Grade 3 Belmont Turf Sprint at Belmont at the Big A. With Manny Franco up from post 7, Dancing Buck set splits of 23.19 seconds and 46.25 over the yielding going before drawing off to a comfortable five-length score over Voodoo Zip in a final time of 1:09.90. The winning effort garnered a career-best 103 Beyer Speed Figure.

“Every step was a good one this year,” Nevin said. “He kept climbing the ladder and got his first graded win.”

Dancing Buck has breezed back three times over the Belmont dirt training track, including a half-mile in 49 flat on Sunday.

“He’s doing really well. I think he’s really just matured,” said Nevin.

Dancing Buck is out of the multiple stakes-placed Catienus mare Frivolous Buck.

What a day for @jonathanstettin who had the Rainbow 6 twice! That’s why he’s the KING!

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