Square Dancer, bred by Brent and Crystal Fernung and sold by their Journeyman Bloodstock, captured the $100,000 Redekop Classic Handicap at Hastings Racecourse Aug. 3.
The 5-year-old chestnut gelding rallied smartly while rallying four wide around the far turn of the 1 1/8-mile test, getting up in the final strides to win by a nose over pacesetter and race favorite Modern. Ridden by Scott Williams, Square Dancer stopped the clock in 1:50.15 in winning the first stakes race of his career.
“He settled nicely,” Williams told the press after the dramatic win. “I just tried to keep him in the clear and he really kicked into gear when I asked him.”
Now a winner in eight of 25 outings, Square Dancer is owned by a group of 200 racing enthusiasts who campaign the Florida-bred under the banner of Hastings Racing Club, which is managed by Richard Yates. The Sunshine State product, who is trained by Steve Henson, has amassed a bankroll of $178,645.
Trainer Kathleen O’Connell bought the son of Circular Quay—Dance Special, by Theatrical (IRE) from Journeyman Bloodstock for $25,000 out of the 2012 OBS June sale of 2-year-olds in training.