Aiken-trained horses enjoy success in stakes races
Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice may have won the Belmont Stakes, but the other Aiken trained horse in the race performed admirably.
Godolphin Racing’s Incognito placed fourth in the field of 14 entries. The son of the 1992 Belmont Stakes winner, A.P. Indy, is trained at the racetrack by Kiaran McLaughlin, and was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
“He ran very well,” said Jones. “After the finish line, he galloped out to Palice Malice. He’s been improving each time he races. If you throw the Peter Pan out, he’s run well. I’m very happy for Mr. Campbell. He’s very deserving of the win. We were ecstatic for him. Incognito ran a very credible race.”
Another Godolphin runner just missed by a half-length in winning the 1-mile, $500,000, Grade 1, Just a Game Stakes. Better Lucky, the winner of the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park during her sophomore campaign, made a determined run to place second in the turf race on Saturday. Better Lucky was broken and trained in Aiken by Tim Jones.
“The filly has been improving over the last six months,” said Jones. “She’s getting better with age.”
Jim and Debbie Miller’s Daisy Devine continues to be a model of consistency, placing second in the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3, Early Times Mint Julep Handicap Saturday at Churchill Downs. The mare missed by 1 1/4-lengths in the turf race, and was the race’s highweight, giving the rest of the field between two and six pounds. The five-year-old daughter of Kafwain has run in the money in her last eight starts.
“She got the lead from the horse she tracked all the way (Soft Whisper), and then we see this blue saddle cloth (Miz Ida) coming down the track, who blew right by her,” said Jim Miller, in a phone interview Sunday evening. “The filly who beat us ran an exceptional race, and Daisy Devine ran a good race.”
The Millers were disappointed in not winning the Mint Julep, but were overwhelmingly thrilled that Dogwood Stable and Cot Campbell secured the victory in the Belmont Stakes.
Daisy Devine, an eight time stakes winner, was broken and trained by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm, and was sent onto Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens at the Aiken Training Track. Daisy Devine is trained at the racetrack by Andrew McKeever.
“She’s a five-year-old mare, she’s in the latter stages of her career, and she’ll probably race only a few more times,” said Miller. “Her next start will more than likely be at Saratoga.”
It appeared Dogwood Stable’s Big Screen was the winner of the 7-furlong Jaipur Stakes, Friday afternoon at Belmont Park, going from gate-to-wire to capture the contest orignally carded for the turf, but moved to the main track because of the rainfall.
However, it wasn’t meant to be as the son of Speightstown drifted out and bumped Souper Speedy, who was initially placed second, but after an inquiry, the 4-year-old colt was taken down and placed second. Big Screen was trained in Aiken by Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer. The gray colt is conditioned at the racetrack by Tom Albertrani.
James Hackman’s and Glenn Thompson’s Two Notch Road placed third Sunday in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 6-year-old son of Partner’s Hero, trained by Thompson, placed third in the turf race, beaten 1 1/2-lengths.