Dayatthespa joined The Lumber Guy as the only multiple divisional champion, taking home awards as outstanding New York-bred 3-year-old filly and turf female.
The City Zip filly, bred by Castellare DiCracchiolo Stable and Scott Goldsher and campaigned by Bradley Thoroughbreds, Jerry Frankel, Ron Frankel, and Steve Laymon, won five of her six starts in 2012, including four graded stakes.
Trained by Chad Brown, Dayatthespa took the Grade 3 Sweetest Chant Stakes and the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes, both at Gulfstream Park, the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland, and the Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga. She returned to Keeneland last fall to score her first Grade 1 victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
However, the filly suffered a cut to a tendon while finishing fifth with a rough trip as the favorite in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, derailing her campaign. She is in training for a comeback.
“It’s exceptional just to be around a horse like her,” said Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds. “It’s phenomenal. You just don’t often get to be around true champions, and she is one. She’s as good a horse as I’ve ever been around.”
Dayatthespa is one of three winners from four starters out of the Doc’s Leader mare M’Lady Doc. The mare is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Phi Beta Doc, stakes winner Queen Mary’s Boy, and the stakes-placed Queen Ginni. It is the family of Arkansas Derby and Louisiana Derby winner Clev Er Tell and Grade 2 winner Tricky Code, the dam of Japanese champion and young sire Hat Trick.