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Jockey Kent Desormeaux celebrates aboard Dynaforce after winning the 2009 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A field of 8 older fillies and mares contested the 1 3/16 mile trip over the Arlington Park turf on Saturday, with Pure Clan sent off as the 3-2 favorite exiting a win in the Modesty Handicap, the major local prep for this event. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice and top European hope Mad About You, third in the Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh last out, and 9-2 third choice Black Mamba, winner of the Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park in June.
Dynaforce leads in the stretch run with Alnadana on the outside and Tizaqueena on the inside.
Jockey E.T. Baird sent 20-1 Tizaqueena to the front first time past the stands and she set an uncontested pace of 25.24, 50.67, and 1:15.65 over the good turf, while as any as 2 lengths in front of 8-1 Dynaforce and 9-1 Alnadana who stalked her second and third respectively. Entering the stretch, Tizaqueena continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:39.77. Dynaforce was asked by jockey Kent Desormeaux and she quickly took the lead inside the 1/8 pole, drawing off to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Alnadana in 1:58.29. It was just a neck back to late-running favorite Pure Clan third, who just nosed out pacesetter Tizaqueena in fourth.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Dynaforce Desormeaux 17.20 8.60 4.80 1 Alnadana Soumillon 9.60 5.00 2 Pure Clan Leparoux 2.40 $2 Exacta (7-1) paid 160.40 $2 Trifecta (7-1-2) paid 528.40 $2 Superfecta (7-1-2-6) paid 3,911.40 Winning Time: 1:58.28Results Chart
Left: Dynaforce in the winner's circle
Right: The trophy presentation for the Beverly D. with trainer Bill Mott on the far left. Mott said, "The filly came ready to run. It's her third race off the cycle on the layoff and everything worked out for her."
Left: Dynaforce enters the paddock before the race.
Right: Dynaforce heads out to the track before the race. Her jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "It was deja vu. Everything I said the last race went exactly the same this race. Nice easy pace to the half and then let her stretch it out in an attempt to take the foreign turn of foot away from them down the lane. That's the way to beat the European horses. You can go as slow as you want the first 3/4 but you can't wait til the 1/4 pole to turn it on, but you have to be mounted too. You still have to the ability to get the kick to the wire."
Left: Second place finisher Alnadana acts up in the post parade. Her jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "She ran quite well. If had been on the lead from the start it would have been a better option but the other horse went to the lead on the fence quite fast so I had to wait to make it up the last 300 meters. I have no excuse and we finished second. She gave a quite a good performance and I am quite happy."
Right: Third place finisher Pure Clan returns after the race. Her trainer Bob Holthus said, "There just wasn't any pace. She made up a lot of ground coming down the lane, and she was really running well at the end, but the pace hurt us." Her jockey Julien Leparoux added, "There was no pace, and that hurt our chances. She closed well."
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