Multiple graded stakes winner Dayatthespa
makes her 2013 debut Sunday at
Belmont as the overwhelming 2-5 morning-line favorite in the You Go West Girl overnight stakes at a mile on the turf.
Now 4, the Chad Brown trainee began last year’s campaign with
five straight stakes victories, including the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth
Challenge Cup at Keeneland Race Course,
before finishing fifth after an eventful trip in the Grade 1 Matriarch
“Everyone wants her to have a good experience after what
happened to her in California,” said Brown’s assistant, Cherie DeVaux,
of Dayatthespa, who appeared to try and
jump the rail on the first turn and emerged from the race with a gash
to her right front that required six stitches. “We’ll go from race to
race after this. It’s a good starting point.
“She looks fantastic,” added DeVaux. “She breezed last week on
the turf [1:00.02] and did it in hand. She came back from the breeze
perfect. She’s really been training
well, but it’s good to get her back to the races.”
Javier Castellano will be aboard the New York-bred daughter of City Zip when she leaves from post position 2.
Also entered were the Todd Pletcher-trained
Elusive Rumour (5-1) and recent allowance winner
Kibosh (6-1), along with My Jopia,
Mystic City, and Lady On the Run.
Go Unbridled and Erin Enchanted were entered main track only.