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Dayatthespa Wires QE II Field at Keeneland

Dayatthespa went to the lead at the start of Saturday’s $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland and never relinquished command, defeating Centre Court by two lengths.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Dayatthespa is trained by Chad Brown and owned by Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds.

After making the lead without any pressure, Dayatthespa kicked clear at the head of the lane and dug in gamely through the stretch to hold Centre Court at bay. Dayatthespa, a New York-bred daughter of City Zip out of the Doc’s Leader mare M’Lady Doc, covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:48.99.

The victory was the second in the race for Castellano, who won the 2007 renewal with Bit of Whimsy. It was Brown’s first victory in the race.

A winner of all five starts in 2012, including the Appalachian (G3) at Keeneland in April, Dayatthespa earned $240,000 with the triumph and increased her earnings to $574,892 with a record of 8-6-1-0.

Sent off as the second choice in the field of eight, Dayatthespa returned $8.60, $4.40 and $3.60. Centre Court, ridden by Julien Leparoux, paid $5.80 and $3.60 with Better Lucky, under Shaun Bridgmohan, finishing a half-length back in third and paying $6.60 to show.

Samitar (GB) finished a nose back in fourth and was followed in order by Somali Lemonade, favored Stephanie’s Kitten, Treasured Up and Tannery (IRE).

 Dayatthespa/Keeneland photo