Heavily favored Dayatthespa made a successful seasonal debut on Sunday at
Park, seizing the lead on the turn and
pulling clear to a four-length victory in the $90,000 You Go West Girl
overnight stakes for New York-bred turf fillies and mares.
Making her first start since suffering a cut tendon in the Grade 1 Matriarch in November at
the 4-year-old City Zip filly tracked My Jopia through an opening
quarter-mile in 23.20 seconds and a half in 46.66. Turning back a
challenge from Kibosh on the turn, Dayatthespa
turned for home in command and cruised under the wire in 1:33.52 for a
“I’m glad she came back good after the layoff and did it the way
she did it,” said jockey Javier Castellano. “It was a great performance
and I’m happy with that.”
Dayatthespa, who was voted 2012’s top New York-bred 3-year-old
filly and top New York-bred turf female, returned $2.50 for a $2 win
bet. Overall, she is 7-1-0 from 10
career starts including a win in last year’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II
Challenge Cup at Keeneland Race Course.
“We were lucky to get her back,” said Chad Brown, who trains the
filly for Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley
Thoroughbreds. “She had a difficult
experience in the Matriarch where she tried to jump the rail. For a
moment we were considering retiring her; we didn’t think she would come
back good. We tested her out a little bit at Palm Meadows during the
early part of the breeding season, and she trained
well and never looked back. We thought this was a good spot to get her
Brown said the Grade 1, $500,000 Just a Game on June 8 would be the next likely start for Dayatthespa.
Kibosh was second, followed by Elusive Rumor, My Jopia, and
City. Lady On the Run, Go Unbridled, and Erin Enchanted were scratched.