Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Daisy Devine Trumps ‘Queen’ in Mardi Gras Handicap
NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) – James Miller’s Daisy Devine, cleverly ridden by Irish-born jockey James Graham, took advantage of a short field and a temporary rail set 22 feet away from its inside position that left Clark Brewster’s odds-on favorite Cherokee Queen somewhat tactically challenged and was able to draw off late for a 2 1/2-length tally in Fat Tuesday’s featured $75,000 Mardi Gras Handicap for older fillies and mares over Fair Grounds’ yielding Stall-Wilson turf course.
“I thought this was the perfect set-up,” said Daisy Devine’s Irish-born winning trainer Andy McKeever. “With the rail being out it is more conducive to speed.”
Daisy Devine returned mutuels of $4.80, $2.40 and $2.10, increased her career earnings to $578,349 with her sixth victory in 11 lifetime starts and toured the final distance in 1:47.19.
Cherokee Queen, scheduled for the breeding shed shortly, won Fair Grounds’ $75,000 Blushing K. D. and $75,000 Marie Krantz Memorial handicaps in her two previous local starts this winter in New Orleans. She paid $2.20 and $2.10 while John Paplaczyk and Edward Mallon’s Rose Medallion, who rallied to finish 1 3/4-lengths farther back, returned $2.60 to show.
Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.
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