Daddys Lil Darling Finally Gets Her Grade 1 In American Oaks
By Margaret Ransom
Normandy Farm’s homebred Daddys Lil Darling finally earned herself a Grade 1 victory after four previous runner-up finishes with an impressive half-length triumph in Saturday’s $301,380 American Oaks (GIT) at Santa Anita. The bay daughter of Scat Daddy received a perfect, ground-saving trip just off the pace under Hall of Famer Mike Smith before digging in down the lane to hold off the storming charge from Madam Dancealot.
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Daddys Lil Darling was the public’s 2-1 second choice in the field of nine sophomore fillies and returned $6, $3.60 and $4. Madam Dancealot, at more than 9-2, closed off the $14.40 exacta and was good for $4.20 and $3.60. Near 19-1 outsider Kathy’s Song also closed down the lane to earn third, 1 ½ lengths behind the runner-up, returning $6. The 50-cent trifecta was worth $56.35.
New Money Honey, Beau Recall, Pantsonfire, Coachwhip, Bernina Star and Desert Duchess completed the order of finish. Rymska was withdrawn.
After a clean break from all, Coachwhip sped straight to the lead as expected where she showed the way through splits of :24.38, :48.68, 1:12.83 and 1:36.83 for the first mile of the 10-furlong turf feature. Smith was content to let… (more)