Gold Medal Dancer - The Azeri - Gr II - The 29th Running - 03-14-15 - R07 - OP - Aerial (2)When facing champion Untapable, who was bet down to 1–9, Gold Medal Dancer would need to run the race of her life, get a perfect ride, and have a little luck. She got all three.

At the break, Gold Medal Dancer broke very sharp while Untapable acted up the gate and broke a half step slow. That allowed Quinonez to take command of the race and make the lead in the first turn, forcing Untapable to get off the rail on a track labeled as good.

The 2014 champion eased up to Gold Medal Dancer on the stretch turn, but Quinonez sat chilly. At the 3/16’s pole, he clearly asked his mount for her best, and Gold Medal Dancer was able to hold off Untapable.

Gold Medal Dancer paid $19 to win. Quinonez rode a perfect race and showed why he is just shy of 3,500 career wins.