Undervalued Asset romps on debut Nov. 10 at Aqueduct (Chelsea Durand)
Gulfstream Park Press Release
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.— Klaravich Stables Inc.’s Undervalued Asset, second to Red Carpet Ready in the Forward Gal (G3) Feb. 4, will look to hand the undefeated filly her first defeat when they meet again in Saturday’s $200,000 Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The one-mile Davona Dale for 3-year-old fillies is part of a blockbuster 14-race Fountain of Youth (G2) day program featuring nine stakes, eight graded, worth $1.85 million in purses. The Davona Dale offers a total of 100 qualifying points (50-20-15-10-5) for the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (G1) to the top five finishers.
Undervalued Asset picked up eight points for her runner-up finish in the seven-furlong Forward Gal, beaten 2 ¼ lengths in her season and stakes debut. The bay daughter of champion sprinter Speightstown was an 8 ¼-length debut winner in a six-furlong maiden special weight Nov. 10 at Aqueduct.
“It was a distance I wanted to run,” trainer Chad Brown said of the Forward Gal. “It was a tough race, but I could not get an allowance race at the right distance, so I threw her into a stake and she handled it fine. More distance will be fine for her. I have been looking to stretch her out and see if we can get her on the Oaks trail.”
Undervalued Asset drew Post 5 in a field of 10 and will be ridden for the third straight race by Championship Meet leader Irad Ortiz Jr.
Brown will also be represented in the Davona Dale by CHP Racing’s Guns n’ Graces, entered to face stakes competition for the first time in her sophomore debut. By 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, winner of the 2018 Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream, she raced twice at 2 finishing second in a one-mile maiden special weight Nov. 4 at Aqueduct before graduating by 3 ½ lengths going a mile and 40 yards Dec. 23 at Tampa Bay Downs.
“She is going to have to step up, speed figure-wise. She is an honest filly who is very consistent with her training. She looks like a horse that will continue to improve with age and experience,” Brown said. “Physically, she is in the process of maturing. I like what I have seen in the last few weeks. Cutting back to one turn … I don’t know … that might be one thing that works against her, actually. But there are not a lot of options that really suit her. It is a graded-stake and possibly a chance to get some black type and establish her value.”
Joel Rosario has the call on Guns n’ Graces from Post 6.
Brown has entered a total of 14 horses in nine races Saturday, 11 of them in six stakes, including Rodeo Creek Racing’s Blazing Sevens, the 7-2 second choice on the morning line in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth.
“I don’t generally race a lot in January and February anywhere. I take the time to rest my horses,” Brown said. “We are just starting to gear up now on these important stakes weekends, and, hopefully, it’s the beginning of a good season. We will see.”