Racing & Wagering

Millionaire Daddys Lil Darling Caps Baker's Dozen in Grade III Modesty Handicap

Churchill Downs Communications | 07/05/2018 #
  • Daddys Lil Darling (Nicole Marie Photo)

Daddys Little Darling, with purse earnings of $1,250,405, will look to add to her coffers in Saturday's 62nd running of the Grade III $100,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. The 1 3/16-mile turf tilt for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and upwards is one of four graded stakes offered in the Ride to the Million, presented by Miller Lite on July 7.

The Normandy Farm homebred 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy, trained by Ken McPeek and to be piloted by Brian Hernandez, Jr., will be seeking her first win of 2018 having hit the board in both the Grade III Bewitched (2nd) at Keeneland and the Grade II New York (3rd) at Belmont Park this season. Last year, Daddys Lil Darling banked in excess of $700,000 in purse earnings while posting a record of 2-3-1 from nine starts including a victory in the Grade I American Oaks, a 1 ¼-mile turf classic at Santa Anita Park.  The talented miss also completed the exacta in three other Grade I events including the Kentucky Oaks on the Churchill Downs dirt, as well as the main track Ashland Stakes and turf Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, all last season.  She will leave from the outside post in a field of 13.

Prado’s Sweet Ride, a 6-year-old homebred daughter of Fort Prado trained by Chris Block for Darrell and Sadie Brommer, made the grade in 2015 with a score in the Grade III Regret Stakes at 1 1/8-miles on the Churchill Downs turf. Last year was the most lucrative season yet for the Illinois-bred mare as she posted a record of 2-3-2 from nine starts while banking $159,980 in purse money buoyed by victories in the Illini Princess Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course and the New Orleans Ladies Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.  Last time out, Prado’s Sweet Ride finished third in the off-the-turf Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap.  Of her seven lifetime wins, six have come on the turf.  Jose Lopez will look to add to that win tally as he guides the mare from post nine.

Princess La Quinta, trained and part-owned by James Gulick in partnership with Al Moorhouse, captured the Grade III Matron at the Chicagoland oval on May 19.  The 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road is winless in 10 turf tries, but does have one second and five thirds to her credit on the lawn.  Carlos Marquez, Jr., winner of five of the nine stakes run this meet at Arlington, will ride from post seven.

Majestic Angel (Edgar Perez, post one), Oh So Terrible (Sophie Doyle, post two), Go Baby Run (Jermaine Bridgmohan, post three), Celestial Insight (Florent Geroux, post four), La Manta Gris (Declan Cannon, post five), Hallie Belle (Joe Bravo, post six), Church Social (Jose Valdivia, Jr., post eight), Daring Duchess (Jose Lezcano, post ten), Sully’s Dream (Channing Hill, post 11), and Con Te Partiro (Corey Lanerie, post 12) complete the field.

The top three finishers in the Modesty receive entry with starting fees waived into the Grade I Beverly D. on Aug. 11, a “Win and You’re In” event for the Grade I $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.

The Grade III Modesty Handicap is slated as Race 6 (4:16 p.m.) on Saturday’s 10-race card.