The 46-1 longest shot in a scratched-down field of eight for Saturday’s GII Davona Dale S. at Gulfstream Park, DORTH VADER (f, 3, Girvin–Hardcore Candy, by Yonaguska) took the race to heavily favored Red Carpet Ready (Oscar Performance) in earnest in upper stretch and comfortably held a late flourish from 28-1 Guns N’ Graces (Gun Runner) to cause a massive boilover. Away in good order from an outside stall, the Florida-bred raced with the early vanguard three off the fence as Red Carpet Ready was ridden positively to take up the running linking up with the track proper. Improving into second as the half-mile went up in :45.06, Dorth Vader had the front-runner in the crosshairs passing the three-sixteenths marker, opened a daylight advantage and went on to score by about four lengths as Guns N’ Graces flew home to complete a $1 exacta that returned better than $940. Red Carpet Ready, last-out winner of the GIII Forward Gal S. and trying a mile for the first time, just held on for third. O/B-John Ropes; T-Michael Yates.
DAVONA DALE S. PRESENTED BY FANDUEL TV-GII, $200,000, Gulfstream, 3-4, 3yo, f, 1m, 1:37.23, ft.
1–DORTH VADER, 120, f, 3, by Girvin
1st Dam: Hardcore Candy (SP, $101,308), by Yonaguska
2nd Dam: Its a Girl, by Thunder Gulch
3rd Dam: Ladyago, by Northern Dancer
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. O/B-John Ropes (FL); T-Michael
Yates; J-Miguel Angel Vasquez. $120,280. Lifetime Record:
7-4-0-1, $327,508. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Guns n’ Graces, 118, f, 3, Gun Runner–Imposing Grace,
by Empire Maker. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE.
($375,000 Ylg ’21 KEESEP). O-CHP Racing; B-Coffee Pot Stable
(KY); T-Chad C. Brown. $38,800.
3–Red Carpet Ready, 120, f, 3, Oscar Performance–Wild Silk,
by Street Sense. ($180,000 Ylg ’21 FTSAUG; $100,000 RNA 2yo
’22 OBSAPR). O-Ashbrook Farm and Upland Flats Racing;
B-Lynn B. Schiff (KY); T-George R. Arnold, II. $19,400.
Margins: 4 3/4, 2 1/4, NK. Odds: 46.70, 28.70, 1.10.
Also Ran: Infinite Diamond, Lynx, Positano Sunset, Undervalued Asset, Leave No Trace. Scratched: Adeliese’s Smile, Atomically.
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