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Freshman sire English Channel off the mark

BARGAIN buy Ann Of The Dance became the first winner for her Kentucky-based freshman sire English Channelwith a determined victory on her debut in a 5f maiden claiming race at Arlington Park on Saturday.

Ann Of The Dance, trained by James DiVito for owner William D. Cox, came from last to first in the seven-runner race to win by a length.

She is one of seven winners from eight runners bred by Bluegrass Hall out of the Chilean-foaled Dans la Ville, by Winning.

Cox purchased Ann Of The Dance for only $2,500 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Ann Of The Dance is a three-parts sister to Agent Archie, a triple 1m1f-1m2f at two to three in Britain for William Haggas, who is by English Channel's sire Smart Strike and out of Dans La Ville.

English Channel won two renewals each of the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and the United Nations Stakes, plus a Woodford Reserve Classic, and capped his glittering career with a seven-length victory over Shamdinan, with the likes of Dylan Thomas and Red Rocks behind, in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Monmouth Park at five.

He is a brother to Kentucky Derby fifth Sedgefield out of the unraced mare Belva, a daughter of Theatrical and dual Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Committed.

English Channel stands alongside Smart Strike at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $25,000.




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