Tapitsfly denies Daisy Devine in First Lady
Date Posted: 10/6/2012 7:17:09 PM
Last Updated: 10/8/2012 5:28:04 PM
Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly got up to take the Grade 1, $350,000
Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday and in the process gained a measure of
revenge over rival Daisy Devine, who held her to third when capturing the Grade
1 Jenny Wiley during Keeneland's spring meet. Daisy Devine had a clear lead in
the stretch of the First Lady, but Tapitsfly lived up to her name when swooping
in late to finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:35 2/5.
"She has been a special filly," trainer Dale Romans said. "She's probably
going to retire at the end of this year. She's going to have one or two more
starts left so we've got to pick some place that's going to count.
"The Breeders' Cup is tough because for the fillies, she has to run so far (1
1/4 miles in the Filly & Mare Turf) unless we decide to put her in against the
colts (in the Mile). But we've done sillier things."
Summer Soiree set the opening splits of :24 and :47 1/5 while tracked by
Daisy Devine to her outside, but couldn't hold off the bay filly as she moved up
to take command passing through three-quarters in 1:11 2/5. Meanwhile, jockey
Jose Lezcano was biding his time aboard Tapitsfly in fourth and sent her six
wide entering the stretch. The duo had their sights set on Daisy Devine and
surged past to record the half-length victory as the 5-2 second choice.
"She gave me a good race. She settled in good," Lezcano remarked. "When I
asked her, she kicked in really good."
Tapitsfly returned $7.60, $4.20 and $2.60 while Daisy Devine was easily best
of the rest.
"She ran hard," noted Andrew McKeever, trainer of Daisy Devine. "The five
horse (Summer Soiree) was herding her all over the place, which didn't help her
cause. Still she was probably still second best. With a (prep) race in her, she
might have won today."
"She's as honest as they come," jockey James Graham agreed about Daisy
Devine. "She ran good but circumstances were against us. You can't help what
happens in front of you."
Hungry Island, the 7-5 favorite, filled out the show spot, six lengths clear
of a fading Summer Soiree. Brilliant Future and Snow Fall completed the order
under the wire.
"We had a great race," said Julien Leparoux, pilot aboard Hungry Island. "It
set up perfect for us, you know, and they went a good pace for us in front. It
was relaxed, the filly raced nice, we were just outkicked at the end."
Tapitsfly earned her first Grade 1 coup when taking the Just a Game at
Belmont Park on June 9. That score made her a millionaire, and she increased her
earnings to $1,495,503 with Saturday's win. Her 24-7-6-4 career mark also
includes victories in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and P.G. Johnson
Stakes in 2009, and the Grade 2 Honey Fox from earlier this season.
The gray five-year-old daughter of Tapit has placed in seven black-type
events during her time on track. After missing her entire sophomore season due
to injury, she would go on to place in the Ballston Spa and Churchill Distaff
Turf Mile, both Grade 2s, as well as the Mint Julep and Marshua's River, both
Grade 3 contests.
The Kentucky-bred mare was produced by the winning Marlin mare Flying Marlin.
Her family includes Grade 1-placed multiple stakes star Malli Star, the dam of
Japanese classic-placed Bella Rheia; Grade 3-placed stakes victor Moonshine
Hall; and $2.4 million-earner Golden Pheasant, hero of such major events as the
Grade 1 Arlington Million and Japan Cup.
Tapitsfly's fifth dam is Pink Pigeon, a noted racemare of the late 1960s.
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