Daddy Is A Legend Ready To Get 2018 Campaign Started Sunday
Keeneland Press Release
Susan and Jim Hill’s Daddy Is a Legend produced one of the most impressive victories at Keeneland last fall with a sweeping triumph going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
“I’m not really sure what she beat in that but we were kind of expecting a performance like that,” trainer George Weaver said. “From there, she went out to win the Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar.”
A winner of two races from four starts, Daddy Is a Legend will make her 2018 debut Sunday in the 30th running of the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association going a mile on the turf.
“There were not a lot of options after the Durante,” Weaver said. “She came back to Margaux Farm (in nearby Midway, Kentucky) and then came to Keeneland three weeks ago. We are ready to get started.”
The Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Scat Daddy is “not the best gate horse and that puts her at a disadvantage,” Weaver said. “But she has a good turn of foot that can offset that.”
In the Appalachian, Daddy Is a Legend will partnered by regular rider Joe Bravo and break from post position one. Breaking next to her will be Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) winner Rushing Fall.
The two met in September at Belmont Park with Rushing Fall prevailing by 1¼ lengths.
“She was green in her debut and we put blinkers on her for her next start,” Weaver said. “Rushing Fall got her the first time and if we don’t get her Sunday, maybe then somewhere down the road.”