Dayatthespa at Churchill Downs on November 1.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

Dayatthespa at Churchill Downs on November 1.
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Anne M. Eberhardt

'Day' Looks Bright in Juvenile Fillies Turf

Dayatthespa has talent and a seasoned trainer in Chad Brown.

Chad Brown has a bit of a history with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT), which means don’t count him out this year with Dayatthespa. She may have only two starts and is listed at 12-1 on the morning line in the full field of 14, but Dayatthespa is in the hands of a trainer who knows how to win this race.

One of the newer Breeders’ Cup races, the Juvenile Fillies Turf debuted in 2008, when Brown won it with Maram. Last year, Brown put the foundation on winner More Than Real before she was sold to Bobby Flay and won the race for trainer Todd Pletcher. And while Brown didn’t have a runner in 2009, he nearly got there with Zodiac Girl, but she hurt herself and didn’t make the race.

Dayatthespa, a New York-bred daughter of City Zip—M’Lady Doc, by Doc’s Leader, caught Brown’s eye at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales March select sale of 2-year-olds.

“She had a wonderful breeze at the sale,” said Brown. “I liked her pedigree, and I like City Zip. Plus her consignor, Niall Brennan, does a good job preparing horses.”

The filly was withdrawn prior to the auction, and Brown bought her privately with bloodstock agent Peter Bradley for Bradley and Steve Layman, a client of Brown’s. Layman is an ophthalmologist in North Carolina. More recently, Gerry and Ronnie Frankel purchased an interest in Dayatthespa.

“Gerry produces Broadway shows,” said Brown. “He has a new show now on Broadway called ‘Chinglish.’ ”

Layman and his wife, Barbara, enjoy attending the races at Saratoga so much that they named the filly Dayatthespa. Fittingly, she debuted there this summer, winning a 5 1/2-furlong maiden turf race for New York-breds by four lengths.

“We have been thinking about the Juvenile Fillies Turf since the start,” said Brown. “This is a nice horse with a good mind. She loves training, and she’s very competitive.”

The Sept. 17 Natalma Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Woodbine at a mile on the turf was timed well as a prep for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. Dayatthespa took the lead turning for home and ran a good second after Northern Passion snuck through on the rail to win.

Dayatthespa drew post 12 that day, and she has the two hole for the Breeders’ Cup, which pleased Brown.

“It’s a pretty strong field top to bottom,” said the conditioner. “I looked at the field, and I couldn’t find any horse to throw out. It’s the strongest field for this race that I’ve seen.”

European multiple stakes winner Elusive Kate was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Juvenile Fillies Turf, with stakes winner Somali Lemonade, undefeated in two starts, the second choice at 3-1. It may be a tough field, but with Brown in her corner, Dayatthespa could spring an upset at the end of the mile race.