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Devil May Care back on top with Bonnie Miss victory

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Devil May Care becomes a favorite for next month's
Kentucky Oaks after earning a 100 Beyer Saturday.

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With her victory in the $200,000 Bonnie Miss (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 20, Devil May Care gave her sire Malibu Moon his 44th winner of 2010, currently tops on the North America general sire list. Devil Mare Care also gives Malibu Moon a top contender in both the 3-year-old filly and colt divisions; his son Odysseus won the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) and is a top Kentucky Derby prospect.

The Bonnie Miss was a redemption of sorts for Devil May Care, who was fifth, though beaten less than two lengths, in the Silverbulletday S. (G3) at Fair Grounds last month. The Bonnie Miss went postward with a compact field of six, but included several stakes quality fillies, plus the highly touted Christine Daae, who went off the 6-5 favorite.

The pace was solid, but not too fast, as Devil May Care tucked into fourth place for the first half of the  1 1/8-mile race. She moved between rivals on the far turn, then tackled Amen Hallelujah in the stretch. She went by her pretty easily, drawing off to win by 2 3/4-lengths, stopping the timer in 1:49.06. She earned an even 100 Beyer Speed Figure, a lifetime best.

Naturally, trainer Todd Pletcher was pleased with the outcome. “We’ve always thought a lot of this filly. She’ll go right to the (Kentucky) Oaks (G1) from this race,” Pletcher said afterwards.

Devil May Care burst on the scene last autumn in New York, when she won a maiden race and then the Frizette (G1) in a very game effort. With the win in the Bonnie Miss, she is now has three wins from five starts, with lifetime earnings of $399,000 after the $120,000 payday. She is owned by Glencrest Farm, LLC.
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