Updated: October 6, 2014

A dominating multiple grade one winner and millionaire, Dayatthespa was officially rated the top U.S. trained three-year-old turf filly of her generation.

That lofty assessment was earned through a campaign that saw Dayatthespa go undefeated through five stakes events between January and October. The streak began in the Sweetest Chant Stakes, where, making just her fourth start, Dayatthespa produced a powerful run from off the pace to account for stakes winners Frolic’s Revenge, Sisterhood, Ann of the Dance, Ready’s Signal, Slew’s Exchange and Awesome Belle.

Stepping up in class for the Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. III), Dayatthespa this time adopted stalking tactics, pouncing to account for graded scorers Regalo Mia and Dixie Strike. For her third straight stakes triumph – which came in the Appalachian Stakes (gr. III) – Dayatthespa demonstrated yet another running style, this time leading throughout to score by 2 3/4 lengths from grade one winner Somali Lemonade and Regalo Mio. The four-timer came up in the Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga, where Dayatthespa accounted for graded stakes winner Peace Preserver under a hand-ride.

The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. I) saw Dayatthespa face a far more formidable field. While the cast was new, featuring an ensemble of stars, the script remained the same. In command from the start, Dayatthespa quickened clear in the stretch, to hit the wire two length clear. In her wake came grade one winner Centre Court; multiple grade one winner Better Lucky; Irish 1,000 Guineas (gr. I) heroine Samitar; grade one winner Somali Lemonade; multiple grade one winner Stephanie’s Kitten; and grade one winner Tannery.

This stunning victory represented a new performance peak, but almost 24 months later, Dayatthespa would conclude her career with an equally impressive triumph in the First Lady Stakes (gr. I). Stalking the early pace, she pounced before drawing away to a score a daylight victory over Better Lucky, with grade one winners Somali Lemonade, Centre Court and Discreet Marq,  graded stakes winners Istanford and Kitten’s Point, and stakes winners Filimbi and Sassy Kitten, completing the field. Dayatthespa earned a 102 Beyer speed figure for this performance, the highest such figure set by any filly or mare on turf in 2014. She ran the fastest turf mile of the day at Keeneland in 1:35.21, stopping the clock two ticks faster than two-time Horse of The Year and Champion Older Male, Wise Dan, victor of the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. I) on the same course.

Between these two memorable grade victories Dayatthespa’s achievements included a win in the You Go West Girl Stakes, and back-to-back scores in the Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga, the second of which saw her lead from wire-to-wire to defeat Discreet Marq. She also missed by just a head in the 2013 renewal of the First Lady Stakes (gr. I), with grade one winner Daisy Devine four lengths back in third. All told, the record shows that to date Dayatthespa has won or placed in 13 stakes, seven of them graded; that she was a graded stakes performer every year from two to five; a grade one performer at three, four and five; and that she scored from 5 1/2 to 9 furlongs.

Dayatthespa’s sire, City Zip made history at two, as one of only two horses since 1916 to win the two-year-old Saratoga stakes treble of Sanford Stakes (gr. II), Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) and Hopeful Stakes (gr. I). In all, City Zip was first past-the-post in five stakes at two, also including the Futurity Stakes (gr. I). He trained on to add another four stakes events, including the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga at three. By the outstanding speed sire, and classic broodmare sire, Carson City, City Zip is half-brother to Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.  City Zip has more than lived up to his race-record and pedigree at stud, his more than 50 stakes winners including not only Dayatthespa, but also undefeated grade one winner Bustin Stones, 2014 multiple grade one winning sprinter, Palace, and 2014 Del Mar Oaks heroine, Personal Diary.

Dayatthespa is out of a sister to Phi Beta Doc, whose successes included the Saranac Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga, and stakes winner Queen Mary’s Boy. The second dam, Smart Queen, is half-sister Clev Er Tell, winner of the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II). Smart Queen is also half-sister to Dam Clever, dam of grade two victress Tricky Code, herself dam of Champion Hat Trick.

The dominant U.S.turf filly of her generation at three, Dayatthespa displayed outstanding versatility, class and consistency throughout her career. A world-rated performer, she is by a brilliant juvenile and sprinter, who is not only a prolific stakes sire, but who has a the pedigree to become a major broodmare sire.

-Alan Porter

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