HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Daring Kathy remained undefeated in three starts on turf with a thoroughly dominating victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Starfish Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Allowed to set a comfortable early pace under jockey Abdiel Jaen, the 1-5 betting favorite asserted herself in the stretch to register a 5 ½-length win in the 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
The only discomfort trainer David Fawkes experienced Sunday came prior to the Starfish Bay, when his filly was on the board as 1-9 morning-line favorite in the field of seven fillies before creeping up to 1-5 at post time.
“Yeah, I don’t like that. Too much pressure,” the longtime South Florida horsemen said with a chuckle.
Fawkes would soon have nothing to worry about. Daring Kathy broke alertly to assume the lead heading into the first turn and was able to relax nicely past quarter-mile fractions of :24.52 and :48.44. She shook off a brief challenge on the turn into the homestretch and rolled home to her second straight stakes victory.
“That first quarter was sweet. As soon as they left there, she just melted in his hands,” Fawkes said. “He (Jaen) did everything perfect. She will rate. She will relax.”
It was the second stakes success of the weekend for Jaen, who rode Proud Azteca to victory in Saturday’s $75,000 English Channel.
Miss Emelina, the 30-1 outsider ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman, finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Dream Come True and jockey Edgard Zayas.
Daring Kathy, owned by breeders John and Kathy Eaton and Steve Laymon, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.58.
“We’re hoping there will be something in Saratoga,” Fawkes said.