Daisy Devine Takes Aim at Keeneland Sweep
by Frank Angst
Date Posted: 10/3/2012 3:41:33 PM
Last Updated: 10/6/2012 3:08:57 PM

Daisy Devine won the Jenny Wiley Stakes in the spring at Keeneland.
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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A chance to sweep the year’s top Keeneland Race Course turf races for fillies and mares awaits Daisy Devine Oct. 6.

After winning the Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) in the spring, Daisy Devine has the opportunity to become just the third female to sweep that 1 1/16-mile race and the $350,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) in the same season. She will face five other accomplished fillies and mares in the Oct. 6 one-mile First Lady, where she will attempt to join Intercontinental (2005) and Never Retreat (2011) as the only horses to win the two races in the same season.

Daisy Devine has not raced since finishing fifth in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (gr. IIT) on May 5 but trainer Andrew McKeever liked how the 4-year-old Kafwain   filly looked in a four-furlong breeze in :48 3/5 on the Keeneland Polytrack on October 2 and expects an improved effort following the five-month rest.

"She had 40 days at Hunter Valley Farm," McKeever said. "She always gets a little break and comes back when she is ready, not before. That’s just the way she is."

A winner of five stakes races in her career, James Miller’s Daisy Devine has won both of her previous starts on the Keeneland turf, as she took the Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) last fall.

Half the First Lady field of six boasts previous grade I victories as Tapitsfly and Summer Soiree each will attempt to add their second career top level wins.

Frank Jones Jr.’s Tapitsfly won this year’s Longines Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park and the 5-year-old Tapit   mare will try to bounce back from a sixth-place finish in the Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) on Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

Last year’s Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) winner Summer Soiree also raced in the Ballston Spa, where the 4-year-old War Front   filly finished third. That effort marked a return to racing for Summer Soiree, who had not raced since ending last season with a runner-up finish in the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.

Two-time grade II winner Hungry Island will try to break through with her first grade I win after finishing second to Zagora in the Ballston Spa, where she finished ahead of Tapitsfly and Summer Soiree.

Rounding out the field are stakes winners Snow Fall and Brilliant Future.

$350,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT, Race 7, approximate post 4:17 p.m. EDT), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 Mile (Turf)

PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Snow Fall, R. Maragh, H. Motion
2. Tapitsfly, J. Lezcano, D. Romans
3. Brilliant Future, C. Borel, J. Scott
4. Hungry Island, J. Leparoux, C. McGaughey III
5. Summer Soiree, G. Saez, H. Motion
6. Daisy Devine, J. Graham, A. McKeever
All carry 124 pounds.



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