Jim and Debbie Miller’s Daisy Devine continues to make her case for the 2012 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year as the 4-year-old filly goes gate-to-wire in winning the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap on the turf Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old filly was broken and trained in Aiken by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm, and was later sent to Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens at the Aiken Training Track. The filly eclipsed the $900,000 mark in earnings with her win in the Cardinal Handicap.

The dark bay daughter of Grade 2 winner Kafwain set the early fractions, and would dig in determindedly and repulse the challenge of eventual runner-up Julie’s Love (GB) to score a head victory. Jockey Calvin Borel was in the irons on Saturday. The rider/horse combination had visited the winner’s circle last fall at Keeneland, when they captured the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes. It was the Andrew McKeever charge’s 6th stakes victory, and the first time in 3 career starts that Daisy Devine has finished in the money at Churchill Downs.

Daisy Devine joins her grand dam Impetuous Gal as winners of the Cardinal Handicap. Daisy Devine was sent off as the second choice in the wagering in the field of nine entries, and was the race’s highweight having been assigned 122 pounds. The half-sister to stakes winners Patent Pending and Bargainwiththdevil won her first Grade 1 race this spring with a score on the turf in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland.

Daisy Devine has 8 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 15 starts, and has earned $901,271.