Daddys Lil Darling

Daddys Lil Darling

When Daddys Lil Darling earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup for winning the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 17, trainer Kenny McPeek said she would train up to the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies. The daughter of Scat Daddy had other ideas.

Daddys Lil Darling was training so well that McPeek put her in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland October 7. Despite drawing the far outside post, she rallied from far back to finish just a length behind the victorious Dancing Rags.

“It is a little frustrating that she didn’t get the best of trips,” McPeek said. “I felt like we ran the best horse.”

McPeek routinely has starters in the Juvenile Fillies, but has yet to win. His best finishes were seconds with Beautician (2009) and Dream Empress (2008) and thirds with Dothraki Queen (2015), Rosalind (2013) and She’s a Devil Due (2000).

Daddys Lil Darling races as a homebred for the Normandy Farm of Nancy Polk, who purchased her dam Miss Hot Salsa for $100,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The mare made a name for herself last year when her son Mongolian Saturday won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1).

Polk purchased Normandy Farm, a 250-acre spread in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, in 1997. The property is revered as the burial place of Man o’ War’s sire (Fair Play) and dam (Mahubah).

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