Sweet Dani Girl captures Myrtlewood Stakes at Keeneland
Sunday, October 31, 2021

Two-year-old Florida-bred Sweet Dani Girl, from the second crop of Jess’s Dream, remained undefeated and became her sire’s newest stakes winner with a determined victory in the $150,000 Myrtlewood Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 29.

Bred by J&J Stables and Carlo Vaccarezza and owned by J&J Stables and Nicholas Vaccarezza, Carlo’s son, Sweet Dani Girl is now perfect in her two career starts. She broke her maiden in auspicious fashion at first asking at Churchill Downs in her only other start on Sept. 26, completing six furlongs in a lively 1:09.69 that day.

In the Myrtlewood, Sweet Dani Girl settled off the pace in fourth early in the six-furlong test. With jockey Martin Garcia aboard, Sweet Dani Girl advanced toward the leaders around the turn. The chestnut filly collared the leaders in deep stretch and drew clear late to score by one length at the wire. She stopped the timer in 1:10.36.

“It’s a phenomenal experience. I’m very proud,” said Carlo, who also trains Sweet Dani Girl. “This filly is a very, very nice filly. She has a future. I think she’d like to go probably, eventually, two turns.”

Nick added, “This is a win for the small guys. You don’t have to be a big super trainer in the game to do well. You don’t have to invest the most money. You don’t have to buy the most expensive horses to be at the top of this game, and sometimes the small guys win. She’s a really nice filly, so I’m expecting a big year from her next year.”

Sweet Dani Girl is produced from the unraced Scat Daddy mare My Sweet Dani Girl. With her latest score, Sweet Dani Girl is now an earner of $125,560.

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