Army Mule Represented By First Graded Winner in Herecomesthebride

Making her seasonal debut at a juicy quote of 12-1 for Saturday’s GIII Herecomesthebride S. at Gulfstream Park, NBS Stable and Elements Racing LLC’s DANSE MACABRE (f, 3, Army Mule–Sylphide, by Blame) became the first graded winner for her successful young sire with a battling defeat of the U.S.-debuting Papilio (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}). Stretching out to a route of ground for the first time, the $11,000 Keeneland January short yearling turned $55,000 OBS March breezer was eager early on, but not overly so, and settled well enough three wide and a bit more than a length off pacesetting Moonage Daydream (Candy Ride {Arg}). Scrubbed on with three-eighths of a mile, she hit the front once heads were turned for home, but immediately had Papilio–four wide the trip–to deal with. The latter drifted out in upper stretch, then came in and looked to exchange bumps with Danse Macabre and proved an unlucky loser. Cairo Consort (Cairo Prince), the odds-on pop off an amazing victory in the GIII Sweetest Chant S. last time, raced behind midfield in a race run at a modest tempo, and got home well on the grandstand side, but too late. Sales history: $11,000 Ylg ’21 KEEJAN; $27,000 RNA ’21 FTKJUL; $55,000 2yo ’22 OBSMAR. O-NBS Stable & Elements Racing LLC; B-St Elias Stables LLC (KY); T-Kelsey Danner.

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