08/11/2012 2:51PM

Del Mar: Nechez Dawn provides quick return on investment

Benoit & Associates
Nechez Dawn wins the Daisycutter Stakes on Friday at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Nechez Dawn was purchased out of a paddock sale here the night of July 22 and began paying dividends Friday night by winning her first start for new connections in the $97,670 Daisycutter Handicap for female turf sprinters.

Nechez Dawn was purchased out of the paddock sale by Dave Mowatt, who races as Ten Broeck Farm, and she was turned over to trainer Jeff Bonde.

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Despite the addition of blinkers, Nechez Dawn ($16.20) drifted out through the stretch, something she had done in her previous turf sprints, but it did not impede her getting to the finish first under Edwin Maldonado. Bonde said he had worked Nechez Dawn twice in blinkers and she had maintained a straight course in those drills.

“She’s got a mind of her own,” Bonde said. “She was very good in the morning. So we tried the blinkers, and in spite of that, she still lugged out.”

Nechez Dawn, 3, is unbeaten in three turf sprints. Her lone loss came in a race on Polytrack at Keeneland.

Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
This is an unfortunate spot for the state vets to be in. They do the morning soundness exams on these horses. Then they have to make on the spot decisions about euthenasia from breakdowns of horses they okayed to race. There has to be more to protect the owners. And as an after thought... Once the horses leave the track, I believe it is then up to the new trainer and their vets to make these decisions. So again, where is the protection in the old rule or the new rule for the new owners? Where is the culpability for any possible fault to the old connections, and or the lack of diligence on the part of the track vets.