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Carpe Diem filly

Sire Carpe Diem
Dam Lemon Splendor
Sex F
YOB 2017
Trainer Cherie DeVaux
Location Ocala, Florida

This lass was David Ingordo’s favorite filly at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale from a physical standpoint. She’s big, she’s pretty, she’s athletic, and she’s balanced. And she’s eligible for a slew of lucrative races being a New York-bred.

Carpe Diem is a first-year sire whose yearlings have been extremely well received thus far. By prolific sire Giant’s Causeway, he won four of six races including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), Tampa Bay Derby (G2), and Blue Grass (G1).

The filly’s dam by Lemon Drop Kid broke her maiden in just her second start and went on to win a New York-bred stake around two turns. The mare has produced two winners from two foals to race, including stakes-winning New York-bred Mo Maverick. Lemon Drop Kid has a great reputation as a broodmare sire -- he’s the broodmare of Breeders’ Cup winners Tamarkuz, Finest City, and Forever Unbridled and grade one winners Yellow Agate and Divisdero.

Trainer Cherie DeVaux went out on her own this spring after serving as Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown’s main assistant for nearly eight years. She was instrumental in Champion mare Lady Eli’s return to the races following a serious hoof injury. She’s worked with countless other grade one winners including Preakness Stakes (G1) Cloud Computing, Flintshire, Dayatthespa, Good Magic, Rushing Fall, Practical Joke amongst many others. When Chad won a big race….the steady hand behind the scenes responsible for much of the success?...Cherie.

The NY-bred program is the best state-bred program in the country, with over 800 restricted racing opportunities annually (including 45 stakes) and $45 million set aside for state-bred races.