Aiken trained Daisy Devine, Maude S and Lindaís Lace and Willcox Inn, named after the Aiken landmark, are entered in stakes races Saturday.
Jim and Debbie Millerís Grade 1 winner Daisy Devine, who has two stakes victories over the turf course at Keeneland, returns to the Lexington, Ky.-based racetrack for Saturdayís Grade 1 $350,000 First Lady Stakes which is to be contested at 1-mile over the turf course.
Daisy Devine is coming off a 5-month layoff, having last raced in the Distaff Turf Mile on May 5 at Churchill Downs, a race where the 4-year-old daughter of Kafwain finished 5th. The Andrew McKeever charge drew the extreme outside post, the 6 hole, and jockey James Graham will have the return call. Daisy Devine is 3/1 on the morning-line, was broken and trained by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm, and was sent on for additional training at the Aiken Training Track under the direction of Legacy Stables Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens.
The bay filly has two graded stakes scores at Keeneland with both races being run on the turf. Daisy Devine won the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes last October during her sophomore campaign, and she would go onto win the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on April 14.
The Grade 1 winning stakes filly was purchased by the Millers at the 2009 Keeneland Yearling Sale for $5,500, Daisy Devine has 7 wins, 1 second and 1 third from 13 starts, and has earned $764,916,
The Millers other stakes horse will also be in action Saturday as Maude S has been entered in the 1 1/16-mile $100,000 Indian Maid Stakes slated for the turf at Hawthorne Racecourse. The daughter of Jump Start was broken and trained at Chime Bell Farm by Todd Turner, and was sent on for additional training at the Aiken Training Track to Legacy Stableís Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens.
The Jimmy DiVito charge hasnít finished worse than second during her 4-year-old campaign, and placed second in the 7-furlong Grade 3 Chicago Handicap over the Polytrack Elite surface on June 30. Jockey Diego Sanchez will have the return call on the bay filly. Maude S will break from post position no. 3, is 8/1 on the the morning-line, and will carry 116 pounds. Maude S has 4 wins, 5 seconds and 5 thirds from 18 starts, and has bankrolled $170,623.
Bobby Zahlís Lindaís Lace has been entered to go postward for the 51st time in the 3rd running of the 1 1/16-mile $100,000 Mari Hulman George Stakes at Hooiser Park. The 9-year-old multiple graded stakes winning mare is by the Aiken-based stallion Is Sveikatas, who stands at Marshall and Betsy Lambís Outaways Farm. The dark bay mare drew post position no. 5, will carry 117 pounds, and is 30/1 on the morning-line. Orlando Mojica has the call on the mare that placed 3rd in her last start, the 6-furlong Merrillville Stakes on Aug. 25, a race also contested at Hoosier Park.
Lindaís Lace has 11 wins, 15 seconds, 7 thirds, from 50 starts, and has earned $468,872.
The horse carrying the name of one of Aikenís most renowned landmarks, the Willcox Inn, has been cross entered in two stakes races, the 1-mile $750,000 Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and the 29th running of the 1 1/8-mile $100,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap on the turf at Hawthorne Racecourse.