Jim and Debbie Miller’s Daisy Devine returns Saturday in 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 $100,000 Cardinal Handicap slated for the turf at Churchill Downs. The Grade 1 winner was broken and trained in Aiken by Todd Turner, and was sent onto Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens for additional training at the Aiken Training Track. Andrew McKeever conditions Daisy Devine.
The 4-year-old dark bay daughter of Grade 2 winner Kafwain is the 9/5 favorite on the morning line. Daisy Devine is the highweight in the Cardinal Handicap’s 9 horse field having been assigned 122 pounds, and will have a change in jockeys as Calvin Borel will be in the irons on Saturday. Borel was the same rider who rode the filly to victory in the 1 1/16-mile Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes on the turf on Oct. 21, 2011. The Andrew McKeever charge was second in her last start, where the filly found herself in front in the stretch, was game and determined, but would ultimately give way to her rival Tapitsfly, missing by a half-length in the Grade 1 $350,000 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6,
Daisy Devine had a 4 race win streak that started during her sophomore campaign and carried on into her 4-year-old year, when she scored consecutive victories starting with the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes, and the filly captured in succession the Pago Hop Stakes, the Mardi Gras Handicap and the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes, with all of the scores coming on the turf. All of the victories were at 1 1/16-mile with the exception of the Pago Hop which was contested at 1-mile. The 4-year-old filly breezed Nov. 3 at Keeneland, working 5-furlongs in 1:01 4/5.
Daisy Devine’s grand dam Impetuous Gal won the 1979 edition of the Cardinal Handicap. Daisy Devine has 7 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 14 starts, and has earned $834,916.