There is a common saying in sports that you are only as good as your last win.
On Friday, Daisy Devine reminded the betting public just how good she can be on her best day.
In her first career try on the turf, Daisy Devine regained the form that made her a graded-stakes winner and Kentucky Oaks contender earlier this year when she dug in late to win the Grade III, $150,000 Valley View Stakes at odds of 43-to-1.
Despite having never been on the grass before, Daisy Devine had more class than her lofty payout would suggest. The 3-year-old daughter of Kafwain captured the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks this March before finishing seventh in the Kentucky Oaks.
A foot abscess flared up in the bay filly between her losses in the Grade III Iowa Oaks and Grade II Indiana Oaks. When trainer Andrew McKeever worked her on the turf the last couple weeks in an effort to switch things up, her talent of old began to resurface.
"She's been a very good filly. She was awesome in New Orleans, but she just lost her way a little bit and had some problems with her feet," McKeever said. "She just started getting good again so we tried the turf. She loved it so we gave her a shot."
Daisy Devine had run some of her best races while rating close to the lead, and the same thing proved true Friday. With Calvin Borel handling the reins, Daisy Devine sat to the outside in second, off pacesetter In Step as she maintained about a length and a half advantage through an opening half in :47.72.
In Step initially turned back a challenge from Daisy Devine around the final turn and looked as if she was going to hold strong in midstretch. The eventual winner fought back in the last handful of strides to overtake In Step and then held off a late charge from 8-to-5 favorite Bizzy Caroline to triumph by half a length in the 11⁄16-mile test with In Step holding for third.
"I was a little leery of the grass, but (McKeever) told me she had worked on it," Borel said. "She handled it real good. I know the turf is a little wet and deep, but she just kept right on."
Owned by James Miller, Daisy Devine hit the wire in 1:43.30 over a course rated good to improve her record to four wins from nine starts and $488,349 in earnings.
"She can run on any track you want," McKeever said.