Louvain wins the Miesque Stakes, Friday at Hollywood Park.

Louvain wins the Miesque Stakes, Friday at Hollywood Park.


Paddy's Daisy, Louvain Win Miesque Divisions

Favored Paddy's Daisy, an Eastern shipper trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Corey Nakatani, rallied impressively to nip Conveyor's Angel by a neck in the second division of Friday's $75,000 Miesque (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf.

In the opening division, the Bobby Frankel-trained Louvain, making her first start in the United States with Ramon Dominguez aboard, recorded a late-running two-length win over favored Royal Copenhagen. The Miesque was split into two divisions after 16 horses were entered.

Making her sixth career start at six different tracks, Paddy's Daisy, a Stonehaven-bred chestnut filly by King of Kings-Mrs. Paddy (Woodman), won for the fourth time. She owns a three-race winning streak.

Racing sixth on the backstretch of the one-mile event, she moved up four wide on the far turn to reach the leaders, hooked up with Conveyor's Angel and Gary Stevens in mid-stretch and prevailed narrowly. It was five lengths back to the third-place finisher, Kenza.

"Down the backside, I just kept her in the clear like Todd wanted us to do," Nakatani said. "He was right. She was nice and relaxed. All I had to do was get her to quicken, and she started moving on her own about the three-eighths pole and ran down that filly of Gary Stevens to win the race. Coming through the lane, Gary's filly picked it up a notch again. I was hoping that wouldn't leave my filly with too much to do, but she prevailed. I thought she was awesome."

Mac Rhapsody, Lady Le Quesne, Wise Investor, Witten and She Sings followed.

Paddy's Daisy, who was coming off a stakes victory at Keeneland Oct. 28, increased her earnings to $186,336.

She paid $5.40, $3 and $2.60. Conveyor's Angel returned $3.60 and $2.80 and Kenza, ridden by Victor Espinoza, was $3.80 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)

In the earlier division, Louvain, who had raced exclusively in France, drew to even terms with the leaders in mid-stretch after a slow break and overpowered her rivals under good handling from Dominguez.

The Edmund Gann-owned bay filly by Sinndar-Flanders (Common Grounds) has recorded a 2-2-2 record in six lifetime starts, more than doubling her earnings Friday to $87,143.

The French-bred Royal Copenhagen, the 8-5 favorite in the field of eight ridden by Rene Douglas, could not match the winner after challenging with an inside move. She held second by a neck over Irish-bred La Maitresse.

Lunar Flight, Kachina Dream, Lady Truffles, Crystal House and Culture Clash trailed.

Louvain paid $6, $3.20 and $3. Royal Copenhagen returned $3.20 and $2.80. La Maitresse, ridden by Jon Court, was $4.20 to show.

(Chart, Equibase)