Daring Duchess looking for some black type in Via Borghese

December 29, 2016 05:41am
Daring Duchess wins at BEL (10-5-16)
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Ken Ramsey had the future in mind when he claimed Daring Duchess this summer at Saratoga as a broodmare prospect for his prolific turf sire Kitten’s Joy. Until then, he and trainer Mike Maker are focused on the present and getting some black type for their 4-year-old filly.
Fifth in the Dowager (G3) last time out Oct. 23 at Keeneland, Daring Duchess will try again in Saturday’s $75,000 Via Borghese at Gulfstream Park. The inaugural running of the 1 3/16-mile Via Borghese for fillies and mares 3 and up is one of four turf stakes worth $325,000 on the 11-race program topped by the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens for 3-year-olds and up at two miles.
Gulfstream will also serve up a pair of $75,000 stakes, the Tropical Park Derby for 3-year-olds and the Tropical Park Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/16 miles.
Daring Duchess drew Post 8 in the field of 12 and will be ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who was aboard for an Oct. 5 win at Belmont Park. She is one of four fillies with a win at the distance, and the only one not bred abroad. The others are Desiree Clary (Germany), Sigue Regaloncita (Chile) and Happyness (Great Britain).
“We like her a lot. She’s a nice, big filly and one we claimed for marathon stakes and a future broodmare and a date with Kitten’s Joy,” Maker said. “Mr. Ramsey liked the pedigree and felt like she needed more ground, and she’d match up good with the stallion.”
A daughter of multiple graded turf stakes winner Arch out of the Yes It’s True mare A True Pussycat, Daring Duchess was haltered for a $35,000 tag out of a third-place finish July 29, and came back to run third by a length in the first start for her new connections Sept. 1, also at Saratoga.
The front-running bay filly led nearly every step of the way to win a second-level optional claimer going 1 ¼ miles at Belmont, but was unable to secure early position in the 1 ½-mile Dowager and wound up fifth, beaten nine lengths.
“She broke a little sluggish last time so she wasn’t up there and then she kind of grabbed the bit and didn’t have a good spot to go. Then she settled nice but the ground was just real soft,” Maker said. “We like her a lot. She’s got speed, and she’s a stayer.”
Daring Duchess has had eight weeks between races after running twice in 18 days in October, and shows a steady string of works at Gulfstream since Thanksgiving for her return. She raced twice during last winter’s Championship Meet including a maiden victory at 1 3/16 miles in March.
“She’s done great with the time off. It’s just the way it worked out,” Maker said. “We expect a big race from her. She should be prominent early and hopefully she’s good enough.”
Trainer Christophe Clement is taking three shots at the Via Borghese with Desiree Clary, Trophee and Paige. Desiree Clary, 4, has made four starts since coming to the U.S. this summer, the last three in graded stakes. She was third, beaten a half-length, in the Long Island Handicap (G3) Nov. 6 last time out.
Fifth in the La Prevoyante (G3) last December at Gulfstream, Trophee is coming off a fourth-place effort in the 1 5/16-mile Ladies Marathon Sept. 15 at Kentucky Downs. Second in the Ladies Marathon, Paige came up empty when sixth in the Dowager, nearly four lengths behind Daring Duchess.
Joe Bravo will ride Desiree Clary from Post 4, Julien Leparoux has the call on Trophee from Post 7, and meet-leading Paco Lopez will be aboard Paige from Post 9.
Rounding out the field are Long Island winner Evidently and fifth-place finisher Promotional; 2016 Arlington Matron (G3) winner Flipcup; multiple stakes-placed Bitty Kitty; 2013 Miss Grillo (G3) runner-up Sky Painter; Chilean Group 2 winner Sigue Regaloncita; Dad’s Princess, third in the My Charmer (G3) Nov. 26 at Gulfstream Park West; and Happyness, two-for-two since coming to the U.S. this year but unraced since an optional claiming allowance victory May 18 at Belmont Park.
Via Borghese was an eight-time stakes winning mare in the U.S. and Europe whose local victories included the 1993 Suwannee River (G3). She also won the 1993 Spicy Living Handicap (G3) at Rockingham Park and the 1994 Diana, then a Grade 2 handicap, at Saratoga.

Source: Gulfstream Park


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