Competitive Field of 9 Signed on for $400,000 First Lady

Competitive Field of 9 Signed on for $400,000 First Lady

Category : News - Sat 04/10/2014 - 13:38 EDT

The Grade 1 $400,000 First Lady October 4 at Keeneland features a field of nine fillies and mares going a mile on the turf course in a very evenly matched race.

Dayatthespa is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Chad Brown after winning a listed stakes race August 24 at Saratoga in her last start.  The five year-old daughter of City Zip is a multiple graded stakes winner and has enjoyed a stellar career with nine wins in sixteen starts.  In two starts this year, Dayatthespa has looked every bit as competitive as she has throughout her career showing her trademark early speed and posting Beyer Speed Figures of 97 and 101.  She enters the First Lady making the third start of her form cycle which often produces any runner’s best effort.  In three career starts over the Keeneland lawn, Dayatthespa has two wins and one second place finish.

Filimbi looks to regain best form

Filimbi (7/2) defeated Dayatthespa two starts back in the De La Rose at Saratoga before coming up empty as the favorite in the Grade 2 Balston Spa.  A repeat of her best effort would make her a serious threat to win the First Lady, but Filimbi has been inconsistent for trainer Bill Mott and will be a short price in a field with other viable betting options.

Better Lucky tries to repeat  

 Better Lucky (6/1) won this race last year, and returns to the turf after running in a pair of seven furlong stakes races on the main track at Saratoga.  With jockey Mike Smith in the irons for trainer Thomas Albertrani, Better Lucky could be an excellent value play.   

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