Dancers for Token scores in Genesee Valley Breeders’ Stakes

Monday, September 5th, 2022

Dancers for Token takes the field all the way to win Monday’s Genesee Valley Breeders’ Stakes at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Glas-Tipp Stable’s homebred Dancers for Token made a winning return to stakes company Monday, going all the way on the lead to take the $50,000 Genesee Valley Breeders’ Stakes at Finger Lakes.

The 6-year-old son of Big Brown, sent off as the 3-1 third choice in the field of five reduced by four scratches, set all the pace under Luis Perez for his second win in three starts this season. A winner of a 1-mile and 70-yard allowance-optional two starts back June 7 and second in a similar race at the same distance July 25, Dancers for Token improved to 5-for-24 with $163,260 in earnings.

Trained by Jonathan Buckley, Dancers for Token went to the front early in the 1 1/16-mile Genesee Valley and opened up a 1 1/2-length lead through the opening quarter in :25.37. He extended the margin to 2 lengths at the half in :50.22 with 7-5 favorite Uno and 8-5 second choice Six Percent chasing in second and third.

Dancers for Token continued to roll on the lead through 6 furlongs in 1:14.44, opening up 4 lengths and eventually by 5 1/2 in midstretch. Six Percent made no dent in the gap in deep stretch but held second, 5 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Simply checked in 6 ¾ lengths behind the runner-up in third, with Anything Pazible and Uno completing the field. Dancers for Token won in 1:46.32.

Dancers for Token is out of the New York-bred Gold Token mare Token Bay, who was campaigned in partnership by Glas-Tipp and Caladon Farms on the NYRA circuit from 2006 to 2008.

Token Bay’s first foal, the New York-bred Raffie’s Majesty gelding Raffies Bay, won for Glas-Tipp and trainer Robbie Davis and earned $66,069. She’s produced three other foals, including the unraced 2-year-old Big Brown colt Ollie Can Dance.

Dancers for Token improved to 4-for-9 at Finger Lakes. He started his career on the NYRA circuit with Davis and finished ninth in the 2019 Albany Stakes as a maiden at Saratoga Race Course on Big Apple Showcase Day. Dancers for Token broke his maiden going 1 mile on the main track in early June 2020 at Belmont Park before adding two more wins in allowance company at Finger Lakes in 2021.

Big Brown, champion 3-year-old male and winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2008, stands for $5,000 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater.

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