Divided Attention Draws Off to Win Ladies 'Cap

February 06, 2015 11:54am
Jockey Dylan Davis pilots Divided Attention to his first NYRA stakes win in the Ladies Handicap
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Divided Attention swept to the front and pulled away from multiple Grade 1 winner Belle Gallantey in the stretch to win the $100,000 Ladies Handicap on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, giving jockey Dylan Davis his first stakes victory on the New York Racing Association circuit.

Divided Attention, a late addition to the field when the race was redrawn on Sunday, broke well and settled in mid-pack as her stablemate Penwith led the field through honest splits of 24.14 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 49.26 for the half over a tiring Aqueduct inner track.

As the field of older fillies and mares turned for home, Davis guided his mount into the clear, where she took off in earnest after Belle Gallantey, who had assumed control of the lead from a tiring Penwith. Divided Attention confronted Belle Gallantey shortly thereafter in upper stretch, and surged by the Grade 1 Beldame winner and on to a 5 ½-length victory.

"It was a great trip," said Davis, son of retired jockey Robbie Davis, a NYRA mainstay. "I wanted her to sit back right behind the pace a little bit, a little closer than the last time [I rode her]. She responded well, she was a little aggressive on the first turn but I got her to settle down. On the second turn she got a little more aggressive. No one else was pressuring the pace, so I just let her out to the three-path and we just kept on with it."

Divided Attention rewarded trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and Godolphin Racing, who had initially intended to run only Penwith in the Ladies but called an audible the morning of the race.

"Last week, we were going to run [only] Penwith, thinking maybe we'd split them up," said Arthur Magnuson, assistant to McLaughlin. "This week we thought we'd put them in, in case something happened, and it was only this morning that Kiaran and Jimmy [Bell] got to talking and thought, 'Why not? Let's not be too clever and split them up, just run.' It worked out and makes us look pretty smart. We just wanted to run two fillies doing well. They both looked good early. It was a little disappointing with Penwith. She ran very big last time and maybe she reacted a little."

Divided Attention completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:55.00. The 4-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy returned $4.40 on a $2 win wager and bumped her bankroll to $255,900.

Although not a winner, Belle Gallantey rebounded off a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Affectionately by finishing second, 3 ½ lengths in front of Moment In Dixie.

Shayjolie, Penwith, and Holiday's Jewel completed the order of finish.

Source: NYRA Communications


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