Daisy Devine took the lead shortly after the break and never looked back as she charged home to win the $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IT) by a length at Keeneland on Saturday.
The victory by Daisy Devine (Kafwain-Devil's Dispute, by Devil's Bag) gave jockey James Graham his second grade I victory in a week. Graham also captured the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) last weekend aboard Karlovy Vary. The Irish-born Graham won both races in the same style, going to the front early and leading all the way to the wire.
Bay to Bay held on for second, with Tapitsfly taking third. Final time for the 1 1/16-miles on the turf was 1:43.21.
Daisy Devine, who was sent off at 7-1, paid $16.20, $7.80, and $4.40.
Andrew McKeever trains the 4-year-old filly for owner James M. Miller. The Jenny Wiley victory was the fourth straight win for Daisy Devine, who also captured the Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland last fall. The filly has now won seven of her 12 lifetime starts, and sports earnings of $758,349.
Race Quotes and Comments
Andrew McKeever (winning trainer of Daisy Devine):
“I was reasonably confident, but I respected the competition.
“She's just a good horse. Good horses do everything for you.”
James Graham (rider of Daisy Devine):
On the difference in Daisy Devine on the turf compared to the main track:
“There's not really a whole lot of difference. She's just a bigger, stronger filly this year. She does anything you want her to do – picks up, slows down, does whatever you ask her to do and does it the right way.”
On whether he had doubts about her success turning for home:
“I had no doubt whatsoever.”
Garrett Gomez (rider of second-place finisher Bay to Bay):
“We know the quality of those fillies behind us; and we (winner Daisy Devine and Bay to Bay) were able to kind of dictate what went on, and kind of stretch them out a little bit. When we turned for home our mares were still traveling real good, and when we pushed the button they sprinted home.”
Julien Leparoux (rider of third-place finisher Tapitsfly):
“We had a good trip. We just needed some pace for us. They went very slow. It's simple—they went one, two, three (earlier in the race) and they finished one, two, three. She been running good coming from off the pace, so we didn't want to change. Just no pace.”
Dale Romans (trainer of Tapitsfly):
“They just went too slow. I mean they just walked around there in front. They were one, two, three all the way around. Sometimes that happens in these short fields.”
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