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Jim and Debbie Millerís Grade 1 winner Daisy Devine returns in the 5th running of the 1 1/16-mile $75,000 Blushing K.D. Handicap on the turf Saturday at the Fair Grounds. Daisy Devine was broken and trained by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm, and was sent to Legacy Stableís Ron Stevens and Brad Stauffer for additional training at the Aiken Training Track.


The 4-year-old daughter of Grade 2 winner Kafwain is the raceís highweight, has been assigned 124 pounds, and has drawn the rail. Jockey Brian Hernandez will be up on the filly who has scored three stakes victories at the Fair Grounds, capturing the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and the Pago Hop Stakes during her sophomore campaign, and adding the Mardi Gras Handicap to her impressive resume as a 4-year-old.


Daisy Devine won the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap on the turf in Dramatic fashion in her last start at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10, going gate to wire, repulsing the bid of her rival Julieís Love in the stretch to win by a head.


The Andrew McKeever charge became a Grade 1 winner earlier this year, taking the Jenny Wiley Stakes on the turf at Keeneland.


Daisy Devine broke her maiden in her second lifetime start during her juvenile campaign, at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 2, 2010.


The half-sister to stakes winners Patent Pending and Bargainwiththdevil has 8 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third in 15 lifetime starts, and the dark bay filly has career earnings of $901,281.