Stonerside Stable's homebred Miss Coronado, shipping from Southern California and making her first start on the dirt, held off Eye Dazzler, Society Selection and Last Song in going gate to wire to win the $150,000 Davona Dale (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Bobby Frankel shipped Miss Coronado to Gulfstream along with Medaglia d'Oro for Saturday's Donn Handicap (gr. I). Miss Coronado, just a maiden winner in her second start Jan. 4 at nine furlongs at Santa Anita, responded with a head victory over Eye Dazzler, who was a neck in front of 4-5 favorite Society Selection. Last Song was another neck behind in fourth. The final time for the 1 1/16-mile test on a fast track was 1:44 3/5.
With Cornelio Velasquez aboard, he dark bay daughter of Coronado's Quest clipped off fractions of :24 2/5, :49 and 1:14. Under a heavy challenge from the other three contenders in the stretch, she was all out while registering a courageous win.
The victory was worth $90,000, pushing her career bankroll to $124,320 with two wins in three starts.
Eye Dazzler broke slowly under John Velazquez but angled four wide on the turn to make a game effort, getting past the stalkers Society Selection, with Jerry Bailey aboard, and Last Song, ridden by Edgar Prado.
Miss Caerleona, by Caerleon, produced Miss Coronado in Kentucky.
Sent off as the fourth choice in the field of seven, Miss Coronado paid $18.80, $8.60 and $3.60. Eye Dazzler returned $6 and $3. Society Selection's show was $2.20. The $2 exacta was worth $112.40.