2017 BetAmerica Daytona550 Participant #5 – Oaks Maddy
Pat C Clement-Oaks Gem Brandy
Kennel: Gloria Dorsey Kennel
Owner: Mick Hymes
Oaks Maddy will making her sixth stakes final in the BetAmerica Daytona 550. She became the field's only automatic qualifier after taking down the "win and you're in" King vs. Queen Classic at Southland Park Gaming & Racing, which capped off a stellar 2016 campaign
The Arkansas-bred daughter of Pat C Clement races for owner Mick Hymes and longtime kennel operator Gloria Dorsey. Brett Goucher, an early advocate and yearly sponsor of the Daytona 550, and Bill Nihan are the champ's conditioners. The rail-running early speedster began her career at the Palm Beach Kennel Club with Rader Racing but the lucrative Arkansas-bred incentive program quickly lured her to West Memphis.
The black female added the $100,000 Arkansas-Bred Sprint Championship in October after impressively going unscathed in the preliminaries. The very next weekend Maddy received the only at large bid to the King vs. Queen Classic – the other finalists were the top four finishers from the Festival of Stakes Male and Female Darby Henry Sprint Divisions. She would not disappoint, firing away from a favored inside post to an easy victory.
Maddy is the easily the top performer in her immediate female family but dig a little deeper and you'll find her tail line traces back to Dia's Stormy Day , one of, if not the premier damlines in American racing.
Sire Pat C Clement will be represented for the second time in as many years. Clement's son, Pat C Short Cut, was fourth in last year's BetAmerica Daytona550.
Oaks Maddy has competed against the best of racing on a weekly basis this year while at Southland and she could go to post as the favorite on the strength of her battle tested resume.