DAVONA DALE STAKES | PURSE: $200,000 | 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES | GRADE 2 | 1 1/16 MILES
Onlyforyou remained undefeated from four career starts with a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.
The three-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, owned by Glencrest Farm, was the fourth winner trained by Todd Pletcher and the fifth winner ridden by Javier Castellano on Saturday's Gulfstream program.
Holding a half-length lead over Aurelia's Belle through a quarter-mile in :24 seconds, Onlyforyou continued a modest advantage as House Rules advanced to second down the backside. After getting a half-mile in :47 ⅕ seconds and six furlongs in 1:43 ⅗, the even-money favorite finally edged clear in the stretch to win by 2 ¼ lengths.
Onlyforyou, who completed 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:43 ⅗, paid $4.20.
"I had a beautiful trip. That was where I expected to be on the pace," Castellano said. "She really blew out of the gate. My only concern was two turns, and she responded today. It was a great effort the way she did it. She set strong fractions at the beginning of the race and she was under pressure the whole race. She handled it so well."
House Rules held second by a half-length over Aurelia's Belle, who was followed by Penwith, Stopchargingmaria, Luna Santa, Abou, and Holiday Magic.
Onlyforyou made her career debut on November 10 at Aqueduct, posting a 2 ¼-length victory in a six-furlong maiden, and followed with a 3 ½-length romp at Gulfstream Park on December 15, defeating allowance foes at the same distance. She preceded this victory with a 2 ¾-length score in the Forward Gal over seven furlongs on January 25. She's now earned $308,100.
"It looked like she handled a mile and a sixteenth today, so we'll see how she comes out of it," Pletcher said. "Having already won here three times now, it'd be hard to think about taking her anywhere else."
Bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm & Popatop, Onlyforyou was purchased for $115,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September sale. She is out of the Grade 3-placed mare Erhu, a daughter of Tactical Cat. Onlyforyou's third dam, the unraced Bold Bidder mare Great Finesse, produced three stakes winners and this is the female family of Grade 1 winner Unfurl the Flag.