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Ain’t Da Beer Cold took control of the mile and an eighth Native Dancer Stakes early and never looked back, holding on to win by a head on Saturday, April 13 at Laurel Park.

The 6-year-old gelded son of former Country Life Farm stallion Freedom Child entered the Native Dancer in pursuit of his first victory since mid-October, when he was elevated to victory via disqualification in the Maryland Million Classic. He showed speed and faded in his first two starts of 2024, but looked like the lone speed on paper in the Native Dancer. He went postward at 12-1 in the seven-horse field.

Jevian Toledo wasted no time with Ain’t Da Beer Cold, sending him straight to the front from the outside post and getting to the rail and the lead by the time they hit the first turn. He set cozy opening fractions, getting the first quarter in :25.09 and the opening half in :50.60 while maintaining a four and a half-length advantage. 

As they rounded the far turn, odds-on favorite Shaft’s Bullet and pace-stalker Vance Scholars made their moves at Ain’t Da Beer Cold, but he managed to fend them off and gamely held onto the lead. He received one last challenge in the final yards, when Magic Michael found racing room and made a charge down the center of the track. Although he was surging, the wire came time for Ain’t Da Beer Cold. His final time on a fast main track was 1:52.70.

Ain’t Da Beer Cold’s career record now stands at 7-5-4 from 37 starts, with earnings of $447,359. So far in 2024, he sports a record of 1-0-0 in three starts and $62,800 in earnings. 

Ain’t Da Beer Cold was bred by Matt Spencer and Kelly Jo Cox, who own him with Bonuccelli Racing. He’s out of the With Distinction mare Distinct Affair, who was claimed by Spencer for $6,250 at Laurel in December 2014. She retired the following July with a career record of 8-7-1 and earnings of $129,275 from 30 starts. The mare’s first three foals have started, with two winning. Her 2021 Friesan Fire filly Anita Beer posted works in March but has yet to start. Distinct Affair’s last reported foal is an unnamed Irish War Cry yearling colt.

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