LAUREL -- Dhaka is following in the footsteps of Zvetlana, and giving Adelaide Riggs of Woodbine another nice stakes-winning filly.
Yesterday the 4-year-old gray daughter of Icecapade won her fourth straight race and second stakes as a heavily bet favorite when she defeated Mixed Appeal by 3 1/4 lengths in the $52,750 Very Subtle Breeders' Cup Handicap at Laurel Race Course.
Mixed Appeal led until the top of the stretch, but once jockey Joe Rocco got Dhaka in gear, she breezed by the leader with ease and was timed in the six furlongs in 1 minute, 11 seconds. Gala Goldilocks finished third.
The Very Subtle was originally scheduled for the grass but was switched to the main track after heavy overnight downpours. Two horses, Baby o' Mine and First View, scratched, reducing the field to five starters.
Riggs purchased Dhaka out of the Timonium sales as a 2-year-old for $45,000. She originally sent the filly to D. Wayne Lukas to train. Dhaka won her first two starts for Lukas, but after her form tailed off, she was sent to local trainer Ben Perkins Jr., who has won five of eight starts with her.
In the sixth race yesterday, the stewards disqualified 14-1 shot Share My Shelter after she nosed out favored Modeling Clay at the wire. The stewards ruled that Michael Pindell, the jockey on Share My Shelter, had inadvertently struck Modeling Clay under the chin with his whip and caused her to jerk her head during the stretch run.
Head steward John Heisler said he believed Pindell's action was unintentional and said no action, such as a suspension or fine, would be levied against the Charles Town-based jockey.