Intrepid Daydream lived up to her 1-5 expectations in the Politely Stakes, for Maryland-bred or sired fillies and mares, at Laurel Park on Friday, Nov. 24, romping home by five and a quarter lengths for her fourth consecutive victory.
The dark bay 4-year-old filly was making her first start since her impressive three-length win in the seven-furlong Maryland Million Distaff on Oct. 14. She previously won the Shine Again at Pimlico on Sept. 16 and the Tax Free Shopping Distaff allowance at Delaware Park on Sept. 28, both at six furlongs. For the Politely, she was the 3-5 morning line favorite, and 1-9 for most of the wagering, drifting up slightly as the field loaded into the starting gate for the six-furlong contest.
She broke alertly from post position two under Jevian Toledo and rated just off early leader and 6.20-1 second choice Response Time, who broke from her inside, in the early stages. The two went through a first quarter over a fast track in :22.70, and raced side-by-side around the turn.
As the field approached the stretch, Intrepid Daydream put her head in front. Response Time offered little resistance and the favorite was three lengths in front by the time they hit the eighth pole. Toledo wrapped up on her late and hand-rode her to the wire. Response Time held on for second, replicating the exacta of the Maryland Million Distaff, while Utterly Enchanting rallied for third in the field of six. The final time was 1:10.85.
The victory improved Intrepid Daydream’s season mark to 4-2-1 in seven starts with earnings of $247,850, and her lifetime record to 7-3-1 in 13 starts and $363,350 in earnings.
Intrepid Daydream is a homebred for Larry Fowler Jr. and trained by Gary Capuano. She’s a daughter of Jess’s Dream out of the unraced Jump Start mare Intrepid Tour, whose dam, Hongkong Tour (Broken Vow), was purchased for $6,000 by Fowler, with Capuano as agent, at the 2006 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Hongkong Tour won four times in her five-start career and has produced stakes-placed Touring Hong Kong (Cherokee’s Boy), the dam of stakes winners V. I. P. Ticket (Windsor Castle) and Award Wanted (Macho Uno), the latter who finished second by a neck last out in the Caesar’s Wish Stakes in July and recently sold for $40,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
From four reported foals of racing age, Intrepid Tour has produced three winners, all six-figure earners. Besides Intrepid Daydream, she’s the dam of Intrepid Dream, a full-sister to Intrepid Daydream who has won four times from five starts and earned $120,395, along with Starting Tour (Buffum), a six-time winner of $101,588. She also has an unraced 2-year-old colt named Intrepid’s Legacy (Imagining), and produced another full sister to Intrepid Daydream in March. She was bred to Blofeld for 2024.