James Miller’s odds-on choice Daisy Devine made short work of her field in the Blushing K.D. Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course on Saturday.
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Kafwain who won the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in 2011 on the main track turned her talents to the Stall-Wilson Turf Course this time around, breezing home to a six-length score in the turf event, a race named after the 1997 Fair Grounds Oaks and Kentucky Oaks winner.
Away alertly and quickly in command, Daisy Devine set early splits of 24 flat and 49.42 before accomplishing the final time in 1:44.12 over the about 1 1/16-mile distance on firm ground.
“A paid workout,” winning jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. called her race, while Andy McKeeverbeamed in the winner’s circle that she “looked as good as ever” and that he would continue to take things one day at a time with his sometimes fragile filly.
Daisy Devine returned mutuels of $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 and increased her career earnings to $946,281 with her fourth win in eight lifetime starts. Sam-Son Farms’ Forest Uproar finished second paying $3.80 and $2.20 while 10 3/4-lengths farther back in third was John Chandler’s Francisca, who returned $2.10 to show.
Daisy Devine/Lou Hodges Jr. photo