Reigning Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly Vequist (Nyquist) was bet like she could not lose her 3-year-old debut in Saturday's GII Davona Dale S. at Gulfstream Park, but she never so much as truly reached contention, as Wholebodemeister (Bodemeister) got loose and brave on the lead and scampered clear to cause a 52-1 boilover. Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) was a bit hesitant to load, but closed off decently for second ahead of 53-1 Competitive Speed (Competitive Edge) in third.
Drawn the fence with Edgard Zayas calling the shots, Wholebodemeister put herself right into the race and set what appeared to be a solid pace from Adios Trippi (Adios Charlie) as Vequist settled one out and one back in the second flight. Wholebodemeister galloped them along comfortably, but Vequist began to find her best stride three wide at the three-eighths and worked her way up to within a couple of lengths of the front-runner. The champ was soon under the bat and clearly in deep waters, but the same could not be said for Wholebodemeister, who widened under a hold with a furlong and a half to travel and wandered about inside the final eighth of a mile, but was never in serious danger. Vequist was not persevered with when clearly beaten and finished ninth of the 10 runners.
A maiden winner from three juvenile appearances, Wholebodemeister was the 4 3/4-length winner of a modestly rated two-lifetime allowance at Gulfstream West Oct. 24 ahead of a never-nearer seventh in Tampa's Sandpiper S. Dec. 5. The homebred was stretching out to the mile for the first time, having made moderate late inroads to be third, beaten under two lengths, in the seven-furlong GIII Forward Gal S. at this venue Jan. 30.
“Last time, it was a troubled trip,” Zayas said. “She's still learning a lot. I remember last time she was between horses and she didn't like it. The last eighth she found some space and she went through it and only got by a little more than a length. I knew she would be solid if I could keep her in the clear. My plan was just to break out of there, put her on the lead and see what she got.”
Wholebodemeister is the 20th stakes winner and seventh black-type winner for her sire, who now stands stud in Turkey, and she is the 11th stakes winner (sixth graded winner) out of a daughter of the late Scat Daddy. The bay is out of a Grade III-placed daughter of the SP Carr Shaker (Carr de Naskra), the dam of New York-bred GSW Dewars Rocks (Big Mukora) and two other state-bred stakes performers. Wholelottashakin was barren to Connect for 2019, but produced a Union Rags filly in 2020 and foaled a colt by Arrogate Feb. 3 of this year.
Saturday, Gulfstream Park
DAVONA DALE S.-GII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 2-27, 3yo, f, 1m, 1:36.89, ft.
1–WHOLEBODEMEISTER, 120, f, 3, by Bodemeister
1st Dam: Wholelottashakin (GSP, $337,465), by Scat Daddy
2nd Dam: Carr Shaker, by Carr de Naskra
3rd Dam: Talc Shaker, by Talc
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-Sabana
Farm, LLC (KY); T-Juan Carlos Avila; J-Edgard J. Zayas.
$117,800. Lifetime Record: 7-3-0-1, $175,922.
2–Crazy Beautiful, 120, f, 3, Liam's Map–Indian Burn, by Indian
Charlie. 'TDN Rising Star' ($250,000 Ylg '19 FTKOCT).
O-Phoenix Thoroughbred III; B-Carolyn R Vogel (KY); T-Kenneth
3–Competitive Speed, 120, f, 3, Competitive Edge–Shopped
Out, by Mineshaft. ($50,000 RNA Ylg '19 KEESEP; $5,000 2yo
'20 OBSOPN). O-John C. Minchello; B-White Fox Farm (KY);
T-Javier E. Gonzalez. $19,000.
Margins: 6HF, 1HF, 2 3/4. Odds: 52.80, 9.20, 53.90.
Also Ran: Pens Street, Curlin's Catch, Happy Constitution, Millefeuille, Three Tipsy Chix, Vequist, Adios Trippi. Scratched: Hindsight, Lady Traveler. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.