CO-TRAINER Anton Golino reflected on the 2017 Breeders’ Crown Series and 2019 Great Southern Star triumphs as standout performances from star trotting mare Dance Craze, which has been retired due to injury.
Golino, who works in partnership with Jack MacKinnon, had previously explained the daughter of Muscle Hill pulled up sore following her eye-catching fifth in the E B Cochran Trotters’ Cup at Ballarat three weeks ago.
While scans revealed the squaregaiter has issues in a front leg, the injury isn’t one which would force her into retirement.
Nonetheless a decision has still been made to call time on Dance Craze’s career.
“There is no hole (in the suspensory), but she owes us nothing,” Golino said. “It’s not really a bad injury. Any other horse you could probably give a little break, come back and be fine.
“But she’s seven now, made half a million and she’s done her job.
“I wouldn’t do it to her, put her in a situation where she could get hurt or something.
“She’s been good to us. She’s so well bred so she’ll go onto the next stage of her life and hopefully one of her babies can be a good one.”
Golino was quick to pay tribute to the mare, which holds a record of 24 wins from 50 starts for more than $550,000 in prizemoney.
Dance Craze’s victories include three Group One – the 2017 Breeders’ Crown Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies’ Final, 2019 Great Southern Star and 2020 Australian Trotting Grand Prix.
“She’s got just such a great attitude and is always willing to please,” Golino said.
“I’ve probably had horses more talented than her, but not many as willing and as genuine as her.
“She had a great attitude and that’s what made her better than the others, I guess.”
Dance Craze is from superstar mare La Coocaracha, which won 23 of her 36 starts for a bankroll of more than $400,000 in stakes.
- HRV Media