Derby contender: Devil May Care

Updated: April 30, 2010, 3:03 AM ET
By Byron King | Daily Racing Form

Devil May CareHorsephotos.comPost No. 11: Devil May Care


Strengths: She has essentially run as quickly as any Derby entrant, posting a last-race Beyer Speed Figure of 100 in winning the 1 1/8-mile Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream Park March 20. She won despite loafing on the lead and shying away from right-handed urging. With blinkers added for the Derby and with jockey John Velazquez now a little more familiar with her habits, there is reason to expect a move forward.

Weaknesses: Only three fillies have won the Derby, with Winning Colors way back in 1988 being the most recent. Unlike Winning Colors, who had already proved her mettle in beating the boys in the Santa Anita Derby, Devil May Care has yet to face males. The two best fillies she has beaten, Amen Hallelujah and Awesome Maria, would be huge long shots if they were in the Derby.

Strategy: Her three victories have come from stalking positions two to three lengths off the pace. With a full field expected in the Derby and quick splits anticipated, she seems more likely to settle farther off the leaders, five lengths or more off the pace.

Value: Following the success of fillies such as Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta last year in major races against males, the betting public seems more accepting of a filly facing the boys. Look for her to start at approximately 6-1, perhaps as high as the second favorite behind Lookin At Lucky.

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