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Live Lively Ready to Try Two Turns

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Lee Lewis’ 3-year-old filly Live Lively was very impressive winning a seven-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Day by 11 ¼ lengths for trainer Mark Hennig and is on target to make her stakes race debut and first start around two turns in next Saturday’s $250,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles.

“It’s a big test for her with the step up in class and first start going a distance,” said Hennig Friday morning from Palm Meadows. A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro purchased for $165,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales, Live Lively finished third in her debut at Belmont Park in late June and broke her maiden in her second start at Aqueduct on Nov. 23.

“She showed she liked the track in the allowance and ran well enough to earn a chance in this race. There really aren’t really a lot of options for a 3-year-old (with her conditions) and I don’t want to think about shipping for an easier spot. She doesn’t have to win…just show us where we are.”

Jockey Joel Rosario is expected to have the return call.

A small field is currently expected for the Davona Dale with Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Dreaming of Julia expected to be a solid favorite as she makes her first start since finishing third behind Beholder and Executiveprivilege in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Lady Banks at Palm Meadows for Davona Dale

George and Stephanie Autry’s 3-year-old Lady Banks, winner of the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct last out on Jan. 12, shipped into Palm Meadows after a van trip from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland earlier this week as she prepares for a start in the $250,000 Davona Dales Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles next Saturday (Feb. 23) at Gulfstream Park.

“We left Fair Hill Tuesday and got here early Wednesday morning,” said trainer James L. ‘Chuck’ Lawrence Friday morning. “Graham Motion was kind enough to get us into his barn and she’s settled in nicely. I’ve galloped her myself the last couple of mornings. Joe Rocco (Jr.) will ride her and probably work her here on Monday morning.

“I think she’ll get the distance because she doesn’t run until you ask her to. I’ve thought from the beginning that she was very classy. She came out of the Ruthless with a little piece of gravel in a foot from that ‘muddy’ track, but she’s over that and everything has gone right since then.”

A $130,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase, Lady Banks is a Canadian-bred daughter of Successful Appeal with three starts, beginning with a close-up second in her debut at Aqueduct on Nov. 23. She came back to break her maiden there on Dec. 14 before a two-length score in the $75,000 Ruthless Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 12.




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