05/04/2011 4:46PM

Devil May Care, filly who ran in '10 Derby, euthanized

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – John Greathouse’s three-time Grade 1 winner Devil May Care, who ran in last year’s Kentucky Derby, was euthanized Wednesday after being found to have lymphosarcoma, a form of cancer.

A 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly, Devil May Care received the cancer diagnosis from veterinarian Johanna Reimer of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital here. Earlier this year, she had been hospitalized in Florida but relocated to the Greathouse family’s Glencrest Farm in Midway, Ky., this spring.

Devil May Care won the 2009 Frizette Stakes before running 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She started her 2010 campaign with a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds but rebounded to win Gulfstream’s Grade 2 Bonnie Miss. Trainer Todd Pletcher opted to put her in the Kentucky Derby next, and she got as far forward as third before fading to 10th behind winner Super Saver. Her Derby sojourn didn’t weaken her: In her next two outs she won the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks, bringing her Grade 1 tally to three. In her last start, she finished fourth in the 2010 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. She missed the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic after veterinarians diagnosed a case of hepatitis.

Devil May Care won 5 of 9 races lifetime and earned $724,000.

Greathouse purchased Devil May Care for $110,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Diamond A Racing Corp. bred Devil May Care out of its Red Ransom mare Kelli’s Ransom. Devil May Care was a half-sister to United Arabs Emirate champion and U.S. Grade 2 winner Regal Ransom.

Devil May Care will be cremated after a necropsy, according to a farm release announcing the filly’s death. “To all who have followed and been a part of Devil May Care’s racing life and her fight for life, she and I wish to thank and applaud all of you,” Greathouse said in a statement. “The racing was a thrill and one not to be forgotten or dismissed out of hand. To this day I don’t believe we ever saw her best race. But that is my opinion and will be saved for my memories.

“To those who cared for her and her health, we both thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We tried very hard, only to be overcome by lymphosarcoma, an enemy that we couldn’t beat. We entered a race we couldn’t win.

“In an ironic twist, a year ago today she was busy drawing post position 11 for the 136th Kentucky Derby. She was our shining star.”