06/24/2017 5:35PM

Daylight Ahead all the way in Jameela Stakes

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Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Daylight Ahead (No. 7), ridden by Katie Davis, wins the Jameela Stakes by a neck over Lovable Lady.

The Maryland-bred Daylight Ahead enjoyed her first start in a statebred-restricted race on Saturday at Laurel Park, leading all the way under Katie Davis to win the $75,000 Jameela Stakes by a neck.

Lovable Lady had every chance to get by the pacesetter through the homestretch but could not quite pass, just missing a repeat victory in the Jameela, a six-furlong turf sprint for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. Everything Lovely, the 3-5 favorite, had a somewhat messy trip from the rail and finished third, one length out of second.

Daylight Ahead set splits of 22.97 seconds, 45.77, and 57.08 en route to a final time of 1:09.13 on firm, quick turf. The 4-year-old filly was bred and is owned by Winners Circle Partners VIII and won for the fourth time in 10 starts.

By Mineshaft and out of Seeking Options, by Seeking Daylight, Daylight Ahead didn’t race between July and April and came back this season a considerably faster horse than she’d been last year. She was coming off a third-place finish in the Blue Sparkler Stakes, a turf sprint at Monmouth Park, and rewarded her backers with a fairly generous $14.40 win payoff considering her solid fit in the Jameela.

Tiz Our Time surprises White Oak Farm foes

Tiz Our Time had failed to win any of her five previous grass races, and though she had been placed first via disqualification in a Charles Town maiden race in February, in 14 starts the mare never had crossed the wire first. But on Saturday at Laurel Park, the 5-year-old mare beat the boys in the $75,000 White Oak Farm Stakes for Virginia-bred turf-sprinters, and perhaps the most surprising thing is that she paid only $23.80 after leading at every call under Jevian Toledo.

Tiz Our Time was bred and is owned by Sam English and is trained by Ernest “Pete” Twisdale, who gave thanks to trainer Robert Bailes, in whose name the mare had raced June 3 at Delaware Park. The mare is by Tiz Wonderful and out of the Silver Deputy mare Exquisite Option.

There was a female-restricted turf sprint for Virginia-breds on Saturday at Laurel, but Tiz Our Time’s connections obviously chose the right spot, as 6-5 favorite Two Notch Road, a 10-year-old making his first start since September, attended the pace but flattened out to finish fifth.

Tiz Our Time set splits of 22.98, 45.08, and 56.17 and never came close to being threatened, coming home four lengths clear of Lawyer Dave, as Limehouse Louie ran late for third. Tiz Our Time clocked 1:02.09 for 5 1/2 furlongs in this improbably definitive victory.