Darlinonthebeach a contender in SAGL final
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"I really thought a lot of this filly off her first couple starts,” Parisi said. "After the second start she got pretty sick on us and it took a while for her to bounce back. She qualified good off the layoff and now she's starting to come back to her own, I think.
"I was really happy with her last start. I think she's going to put in a good mile this week.”
Darlin's Delight's first two foals were colts, both by Rocknroll Hanover, and were sold at yearling auctions by White Birch. They have combined to win six races and $40,498.
"The first two colts didn't pan out like I thought,” Parisi said. "This one looked a lot different than the colts. The colts were a little short-legged and she was long-legged. Darlin was a very small mare, so that's why I really liked this filly.
L A Delight defeated Darlinonthebeach by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2 in their She's A Great Lady elimination. L A Delight, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, has won seven of eight races this year and earned $136,359 for trainer Bob McIntosh, who owns the filly with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. She has won seven consecutive starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes, since finishing third in her debut.
"That one filly (L A Delight) she's been racing against is going to be the tough one,” Parisi said. "I just hope (Darlinonthebeach) gets a good trip and gets a piece of it. I think she's going to race good.”
Thatsoveryverynice won the remaining She's A Great Lady elimination by 2-1/2 lengths over Upside Surprise in 1:54.2. Thatsoveryverynice has won four of five starts and earned $109,764 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Alagna Racing and Marvin Katz.
Following is the field for the She's A Great Lady with listed drivers and trainers:
2. Albany Girl, Doug McNair, Jimmy Takter
3. Thatsoveryverynice, Jody Jamieson, Tony Alagna
4. L A Delight, Randy Waples, Bob McIntosh
5. Upside Surprise, TBA, Tony O'Sullivan
6. Darlinonthebeach, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson
7. Highland Rocksolid, Scott Zeron, Marty Fine
8. Ivy League, Matt Kakaley, Jimmy Takter
9. JK Fannie, Matt Kakaley, Nancy Johansson
10. Blue Moon Stride, TBA, Mark Harder