09/09/2011 3:03PM

Louisiana Downs: Daphne Angela drops off dominant stakes score


BOSSIER CITY, La. – Daphne Angela, who in her first start in a year dominated stakes competition last month at Louisiana Downs, returns to the overnight ranks in the featured seventh race Sunday.

The 5 1/2-furlong allowance is for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares who have not won two races since March 11, 2010. It drew a field of seven horses, including the last two winners of the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Daphne Angela and Warrior Maid.

Daphne Angela was making her first start since last August in this year’s Filly and Mare Sprint on Aug. 20. She raced in fifth early then accelerated through the lane, winning off by 5 1/2 lengths while covering six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.40. It was a change in tactics for the filly, a three-time stakes winner who earned a career-high Beyer Figure of 94.

“She used to be blazing speed,” said Patrick Mouton, who trains Daphne Angela for her breeder, Fred Currie. “But she’s matured, and now she relaxes a bit.”

For the allowance, Daphne Angela will break from post 2. She is to be ridden by regular rider E.J. Perrodin.

“It’s a good spot, and it really fits her schedule well,” Mouton said of Sunday’s race. “From this spot we won’t run again until one of the Louisiana-bred stakes at Delta Downs.”

Mouton said a probable target will be the $100,000 Magnolia for statebred fillies and mares at a mile at Delta on Nov. 5.

Mouton on Sunday will also send out a half-sister to Daphne Angela. The filly, My Darlin’ Daphne, will be making her career debut in the fifth race. The maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies will be run at six furlongs. Perrodin has the mount for Currie.

◗ Phyllis Hodges, an owner and the wife of trainer James Hodges, was named “Person of the Year” at the Louisiana Downs chaplaincy banquet Thursday night. The annual program also honored Jeff Taylor, a correspondent for Daily Racing Form and a chartcaller with Equibase, as “Media Person of the Year.”

◗ A second hotel is under construction at Louisiana Downs. Contractors expect the new Holiday Inn Express to be completed in early January, said Trent McIntosh, the track’s director of operations. The Holiday Inn is located near the entrance of Louisiana Downs, right alongside the Marriott SpringHill Suites.