|Sunlit Song and Brave Daisey Notch Stakes Victories at Lone Star Park on Sunday
Grand Prairie, Texas (Sunday, July 26, 2020) - Brave Daisey won the Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park in 2018. She tried for a repeat win last year but came up just a bit short after finishing second to Shes Our Fastest. The five-year-old Texas-bred daughter of Hidden Blessing wasn't going to let that happen again. She came back prepared. Owned by Peter Varga and trained by Tina Hurley, Brave Daisey pressed the early pace, taking command in the far turn and going on to win the $75,000 Valor Farm Stakes. Post time favorite, Ima Discrete Lady was slow getting out of the gate and couldn't make up enough ground to catch the winner, but she was able to get second.
Final time for the six furlong Valor Farm was 1:10.42 on the main track listed as good.
"She won the seven furlong race pretty nicely at Louisiana Downs, so cutting back in distance I felt wouldn't hurt her at all," said winning rider Danny Sorenson. "She broke good and just drug me around there. Tina had this horse right, and she was just fantastic," added Sorenson.
Brave Daisey returned $6.60 and $2.40, with Ima Discreet Lady returning $2.10 for place. There was no show wagering due to the late scratches of Eurodevilwoman and Shes Our Fastest. Third place went to Storm Traffic, followed by Light Up the Devil with Eaton's Memory.
Brave Daisey has now won six of 23 starts for earnings of $374,056.
Sunlit Song Writes the Winning Tune in the $75,000 Highlander Training Center Assault Stakes
Sunlit Song dug in to win the $75,000 Highlander Training Center Assault Stakes impressively by a neck. The one mile stakes was contested on a "good" turf course and finished in 1:34.15 seconds.
Favored Redatory raced in the lead after the start, keeping that spot. But in the final few yards, Sunlit Song, guided by winning jockey Lindey Wade, was able to best him by a neck at the finish. It was a great effort from each. Moojab Jr was very close finishing third.
"He's been getting a lot more versatile," said winning trainer Mindy Willis. "He's getting better every year. He's more settled; he's doing everything he's supposed to do right."
Winning wagers on Sunlit Song were worth $5.00, $2.80 and $2.60. Redatory returned $3.0 and $3.00. Those who backed Moojab Jr were rewarded with $8.40 for show. Kenai Bob was fourth, followed by Right Lane Lukasz, Mucho Dinero and Bonjour Baby. Dauntless Prince and Gold Pilot were scratched from the race.
The winner's share of the purse raised Sunlit Songs career earnings to $178,822. His career record is now 19-6-4-2.
Congratulations to his owners Carolyn Barnett and Becky Harding of Pollock, Texas.