Saturday, Gulfstream ParkDAVONA DALE S.-GII
, $245,000, GPX, 2-23, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:42 1/5, ft.
1st-#LIVE LIVELY, 117, f, 3, by Medaglia d’Oro1st Dam: Glacken's Gal (SW), by Smoke Glacken2nd Dam: Lady Diplomat, by Silver Deputy3rd Dam: Mercedes Miss, by Carr De Naskra
($160,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Lee Lewis; B-Edward A Cox Jr (KY); T-Mark A Hennig; J-Joel Rosario. $150,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-1, $220,300. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Dreaming of Julia
, 122, f, 3, A.P. Indy
--Dream Rush, by Wild Rush. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher. $50,000.
, 116, f, 3, A.P. Indy
--Winner, by Horse Chestnut (SAf). O/B-Siena Farms LLC (KY); T-Dale L Romans. $25,000.
Margins: 1HF, 5 3/4, 12HF. Odds: 2.10, 0.90, 2.30.
Also Ran: Lady Banks, Twice Told Tale. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
Live Lively, benched after finishing third in a 5 1/2-furlong test at Belmont June 28, earned her diploma going that distance at Aqueduct Nov. 23. The dark bay celebrated New Year’s Day by routing optional-claiming foes by 11 1/4 lengths going a mile at this oval, and she was the second choice while facing just four rivals here. Away alertly under Joel Rosario, Live Lively quickly assumed command and held a three-length advantage after a :46.77 opening half. Odds-on Dreaming of Julia attempted to cut into her margin entering the stretch, but the front-runner held sway through the lane for her first graded stakes trophy. She will likely make her next start in the GII Gulfstream Oaks Mar. 30.
"I figured she’d fall out of there [and go to the lead], it was just a matter if somebody was going to go with here," said winning trainer Mark Hennig. "She’s got a good turn of foot and she’s never showed us any lack of stamina. I figured if they tried to run with here it might have been a tall task. She couldn’t have prepared any better for this, and I was expecting a big race out of her."
Breeder Edward Cox Jr. purchased Live Lively’s dam Glacken’s Gal, winner of the 2007 Astoria S. for $250,000 at KEEJAN in 2008. Live Lively is her second foal, and the mare has a 2-year-old full-sister to the Davona Dale heroine. After producing an Elusive Quality filly last April, Glacken’s Gal was bred back to Uncle Mo.