Sisters square off in Saturday’s Belmont Park feature
By New York Hot List Staff
It is not often that siblings face each other on racetrack, but on Saturday at Belmont Park the half-sisters Holiday Disguise and Midnight Disguise will go into the starting gate together in the Dancing Renee for NY-breds.
Born a year apart, they share a mother in Thin Disguise who herself is by Yes It’s True. All three were bred in New York by Dr. William B. Wilmot and Dr. Joan M. Taylor. Midnight Disguise is owned by the breeders and has a career record of 11: 5-3-0 with earnings of $424,600 while older sister Holiday Disguise was purchased at auction by Lady Sheila Stable for $220,000 as a yearling and sports stats of 14: 7-1-2 for $560,875.
The half-sisters, who have won nearly a million dollars between them, are trained by Linda Rice and are part of a field of six entered for the six-furlong.
Holiday Disguise, who is by Harlan’s Holiday, is the 9-5 morning line favorite and she returns to state-bred competition after finishing fifth in her two most recent starts in Grade 3 stakes. Prior to that, she won the Broadway Stakes for NY-breds by more than four-lengths. Last year, she was third in the Dancing Renee.
“We were looking to try to get some class relief for her coming out of those graded stakes,” said Rice. “She’s coming into this well and she’s been training forwardly since the Vagrancy, so we hope it all works to her benefit on Saturday.”
Midnight Disguise is listed at 5-2 and she has raced four times this year with two second-place finishes in NY-bred stakes bookended around two tries in open company stakes. Last year, this daughter of Midnight Lute won the Busanda and the Busher in consecutive starts before running fourth in the Gazelle (G2). She cuts back in distance and won her only race at today’s distance of six-furlongs.
“She seems to appreciate one-turn races and she’s also training into this race well,” said Rice. “It might be a little short for her distance wise, but we like her enough going one-turn to take our shot.”
The Dancing Renee, which is carded as race 9 on Saturday’s 10-race card at Belmont, is also the final leg of the popular Cross Country Pick 5 that this week includes 3 races from the NYRA track with a stakes race from Delaware Park and Monmouth Park.
Leg A: Delaware Park- Grade 3, $100,000 Obeah (Race 7, 4:32 p.m.)
Leg B: Belmont Park-Race 7 (4:45 p.m.)
Leg C: Monmouth Park- $75,000 Honey Bee (Race 10, 5:00 p.m.)
Leg D: Belmont Park-Race 8 (5:18 p.m.)
Leg E: Belmont Park- $100,000 Dancing Renee (Race 9, 5:51 p.m.)