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Bargain Daisy Devine wins Keeneland Grade 1

DAISY DEVINE led from pillar to post to give her trainer Anthony McKeever, the brother of bloodstock agent Johnny, a first Grade 1 success in Saturday's Jenny Wiley Stakes for fillies and mares aged four and older over 1m½f at Keeneland.

Daisy Devine scored by a length from Bay To Bay (Sligo Bay), with Tapitsfly (Tapit) back in third in the race, which was upgraded to top-flight status for the first time this year.

Daisy Devine was bought by her owner James Miller for the bargain sum of $5,500 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Bred by Reiley McDonald, she is the first Group/Grade 1 winner sired by Cherokee Run's Grade 2-winning son Kafwain, who was originally retired to Darley's Jonabell Farm and now stands at Tommytown Thoroughbreds in California for $5,000.

She might well have been Kafwain's second top-flight scorer had the stallion's best-known runner, The Pamplemousse, not been plagued by injuries that ruled him out of running again after scoring easy wins in the San Rafael Stakes and Sham Stakes early in his three-year-old season in 2009.

Daisy Devine is out of the placed Devil's Bag mare Devil's Dispute, a half-sister to stakes winner Patent Pending from the immediate family of Grade 1 winners Banker's Lady and Ecton Park.

 

 

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