Putting her Grade 1 talents to full use, 1-4 favorite Dayatthespa made Saratoga Race Course’s $150,000 Yaddo her showcase on Friday with an easy 1 ¾-length victory over New York-breds.
Dayatthespa returned to her winning ways on Friday with an easy 1 ¾-length victory over New York-bred runners in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga.
With regular rider Javier Castellano aboard, Dayatthespa tracked a moderate pace set by Sally’s Dream while clear in second, made her move at the five-sixteenths pole and took over in the lane to win as she pleased.
The winning time for the 1 1/16-mile race on the inner turf course was 1:42.57.
For trainer Chad Brown, victory in the Yaddo was a confidence-builder heading into an ambitious fall campaign for Dayatthespa, who last year won five stakes races including the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.
Brown scratched Dayatthespa out of the Grade 1 Diana on July 27 at the Spa, believing she needed more time after her three-quarter-length loss to Laughing in the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on June 29 at Monmouth Park.
“It’s important; it’s only her third start of the year,” Brown said. “She got beat down at Monmouth, and I just felt I like I needed to get her back on track and run her in an easier race she could handle. This served a purpose, so you’re going to see her in grades stakes the rest of the year.”
Dayatthespa paid $2.50 for a $2 win wager while scoring for the eighth time in a 12-race career. She increased her lifetime earnings to $743,892.