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Daring Do Rallies Late to Win $100,000 Pea Patch Stakes

Daring DO

Contact: Kevin Kerstein
Kentucky Racing Communications
Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Turfway Park
(610) 420-6971 (mobile)
(502) 635-4712 (office)

HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, July 16, 2023) – Lael Stables’ homebred Daring Do recorded the first stakes win of her young career when she powered past favored American Apple in mid-stretch to win Sunday’s $100,000 Pea Patch Stakes at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

    Trained by Wesley Ward, Daring Do completed 5 ½ furlongs on the “firm” turf in 1:01.82 under jockey Walter Rodriguez.

    Daring Do broke well but was then relegated to fourth when American Apple made a bold rush at the rail to lead the field through a sharp opening quarter-mile in :21.15. Around the far turn, Rodriguez remained patient at the rail saving ground while American Apple boldly completed a half-mile in :44.17. Just outside the eighth-pole, Daring Do was positioned to the outside of American Apple and easily powered past for a one-length victory. Twice as Sweet closed from seventh to complete the exacta while a tiring American Apple held third.

    Daring Do tallied $59,140 for her victory in the Pea Patch Stakes. It was her third lifetime score from just five starts. Daring Do’s overall earnings now stand at $184,275.

    Here are the complete results for the Pea Patch Stakes (with $2 mutuel payouts):

    1. Daring Do ($7.72, $3.78, $2.72)
    2. Twice as Sweet (X, $4.92, $3.34)
    3. American Apple (X, X, $2.44)
    4. Erna
    5. Condensation
    6. Twirled 
    7. Mornin’ Boss
    8. Foolish
    9. Zoom Erin

    Racing from Ellis Park will resume Friday-Sunday with a daily first post of 11:45 a.m. (CDT). For more information about Ellis Park, visit 

Ellis Park, Racking and Gaming (“Ellis Park”) located north of the Ohio River and just south of Evansville, Indiana, has been the home of summer Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky for over 100 years. Ellis Park also features a gaming entertainment venue with approximately 300 historical racing machines.