It appeared that Jim and Debbie Miller’s Daisy Devine might win consecutive runnings of the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes. The bay mare dictated the early pace in the 1 1/16-mile turf race at Keeneland on Saturday as is her usual running style, opening a 4 1/2-length lead, but she would eventually come back to the field, and have to settle for second behind the contest’s winner Centre Court, beaten two-lengths in a game effort. Daisy Devine was broken and trained in Aiken by Todd Turner at W.C. and Iris Freemans’s Chime Bell Farm, and was sent onto the Aiken Training Track for additional training by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens.
The eight time stakes winner trained by Andrew McKeever continues to be one of the sport’s most consistent performers, and the Grade 1 winning millionaire had regular rider James Graham in the irons. Daisy Devine had finished second in her last start, the Bayou Handicap on Feb. 23 at the Fair Grounds, where she gave the eventual winner Snuggs and Kisses 11 pounds, however, she did start her 5-year-old campaign with a stakes victory, winning the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap in gate-to-wire fashion at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 26.
The $5,500 sale purchase increased her lifetime earnings to $1,066,281.
Godolphin Racing’s Better Lucky finished fourth in the race. The Grade 1 winning daughter of the 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper is trained by Tom Albertrani, and was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones. Better Lucky increased her lifetime earnings for $453,950.