First Lady: Daisy Devine eyes sweep
Updated: October 4, 2012, 6:06 PM ETBrisnet
Daisy Devine will bring a two for two mark over the course into the Grade 1, $350,000 First Lady Stakes, a one-mile turf affair that will feature six fillies and mares. She made her turf bow at Keeneland 12 months ago, springing a 43-1 upset in the Valley View Stakes, and followed it with a pair of sharp stakes wins on Fair Grounds' turf. She then rolled to a one-length score in Keeneland's Grade 1 Jenny Wiley last April, and Daisy Devine will attempt to join Intercontinental (2005) and Never Retreat (2011) as the only females to win both races in the same year. Trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine will make her first start since a fifth in the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile in early May. Regular rider James Graham will be back up on the four-year-old filly. Tapitsfly will look to turn things around following a pair of unplaced efforts in the Grade 1 Diana and Grade 2 Ballston Spa. The Romans charge won her last attempt at a mile, taking the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park in early June, and will likely show speed from her inside post with new jockey Lezcano. Summer Soiree is a candidate to improve off a third in the Ballston Spa in her 2012 debut. The Graham Motion-trained filly captured the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and finished a close second in the Grade 1 Matriarch last season. Distaff Turf Mile winner Hungry Island is another contender, finishing second in the Ballston Spa most recently for Shug McGaughey.
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