Daisy Devine and Maude S to make final starts
Jim and Debbie Miller’s stakes winners Daisy Devine and Maude S will be making their final career starts today.
Grade 1 winner Daisy Devine has drawn post position no. 4 for the 16th running of the 1-mile, $400,000, Grade 1 First Lady Stakes on the turf at Keeneland.
Maude S has drawn post position no. 6 in the 1 1/16-mile, $100,000, Mari Hulman George Stakes at Indiana Downs. Both Daisy Devine and Maude S were broken and trained by Todd Turner at Chime Bell Farm, and were sent to Legacy Stable’s Brad Stauffer and Ron Stevens for additional training over the Aiken Training Track.
The two fillies have been models of consistency. Daisy Devine has won 10 times, has eight stakes wins, and has run in the money 16 times in 21 starts. The daughter of Kafwain placed second in last year’s edition of the First Lady Stakes, and the Andrew McKeever charge will have regular jockey James Graham in the irons. Daisy Devine is 4/1 on the morning line.
A versatile filly, Dasiy Devine has demonstrated her ability to race over several surfaces, but scored her biggest victory in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes, during her 4-year-old campaign, on the turf at Keeneland. The bay mare won the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes at the Lexington, Ky.-based track during her sophomore campaign. Daisy Devine placed second in her last start, the Grade 3 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap, at Churchill Downs on June 8.
The now 5-year-old filly has earnings of $1,055,892, and has been entered into the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Maude S, a 5-year-old daughter of Jump Start, has also enjoyed success during her racing career. The bay mare has gone postward 24 times, having won six times, placed second five times, and run third on six occasions. The mare finished fourth in her last start, the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park on June 29, but scored her first stakes win this spring in the Wild Rose Stakes at Prairie Meadows on May 25. Maude S will have the services of jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. on Saturday. The mare has earned $243,990, and like Daisy Devine, has been entered into the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Daisy Devine won’t be the only Aiken broken and trained horse in the First Lady Stakes, Godolphin Racing’s Grade 1 winner Better Lucky, will break from post position no. 3, and is 4/1 on the morning line. The daughter of the 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper is trained by Tom Albertrani, and was broken and trained by Tim Jones.
Better Lucky has 4 wins, 2 seconds and 4 thirds in 12 starts, and has earnings of $588,950.