Winners Circle Partners VIII’s homebred Daylight Ahead, a gutsy winner of the six-furlong Jameela last time out, will look to stretch her speed around two turns for the first time in the $75,000 All Brandy.
Daylight Ahead went gate to wire in the Jameela and dueled with multiple stakes winner Lovable Lady through the stretch to prevail by a neck in the Jameela, her first stakes win and the first for jockey Katie Davis, who gets the return call from Post 7. All 10 fillies will carry 118 pounds.
Since the race trainer trainer Hugh McMahon has adjusted her training to get Daylight Ahead accustomed to going longer and having some speed in reserve for a late run.
“She came out of the race really good. Our biggest obstacle is trying to get that speed harnessed and go long for this race,” McMahon said. “She just likes to go fast. We’ve been training her for stamina, doing slow and deliberate two-mile gallops instead of breezing the generic half-mile or five-eighths.
“We’ve been going a mile and then finishing up the last quarter and stuff like that. We’re hoping that it’s sufficient enough for her. She’ll probably get the lead and hopefully she’s not in front by 10. I don’t want her to turn and burn,” he added. “It’s Maryland-restricted and she’s Maryland-bred. It’s on the turf and she likes the turf. The big question mark is the mile and an eighth.”
Sagamore Farm homebred De Marquee is entered to make her 5-year-old debut in the All Brandy for trainer Horacio DePaz. The Tiz Wonderful mare has made just six career starts with three wins, and is two-for-three with one third in three lifetime starts over the Laurel turf. When last seen, De Marquee pulled clear to win an entry-level allowance by 3 ¼ lengths in June 2016 at Pimlico.
“The only thing that really keeps her away is her mind,” DePaz said. “She actually lives outside in the paddock and in the round pen during the day and at night. She’s a very finicky eater and pretty high-strung, so keeping weight on her is a big challenge. She’s out at the farm so we keep her out 24-7, basically.If you bring her in she won’t eat. She’ll go off her feed for two or three days.
“She was supposed to run three weeks ago and then it got rained off the turf so she wasn’t able to run. I think she’s a nice filly and she is in good form right now,” he added. “I was hoping to have a race underneath her. It is a challenge coming off a long layoff and running a mile and an eighth, and if the turf is soft it will be even more challenging.”
Completing the field are 2016 Maryland Million Ladies winner Devilish Love and 2015 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship winner Look Who’s Talking, who were fourth and ninth, respectively, in the Jameela; Bawlmer Hon, Complete St., Good Roll, Nickyrocksforpops, Northern Smile and Shirleys Curls.
Source: Maryland Jockey Club