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Jockey Junior Alvarado celebrates aboard Eclair de Lune after winning the 2010 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A field of 9 older fillies and mares contested the 1 3/16 mile trip over the Arlington Park turf on Saturday, with Ave sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite off a close second place finish in the Dance Smartly Stakes (G2) at Woodbine after finishing third in both the Gallorette Handicap (G3) at Pimlico and the New York Stakes (G2) at Belmont. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Hot Cha Cha, winner of the Mint Julep Handicap (G3) at Churchill before finishing third in the Modesty Handicap (G3) at Arlington, and 6-1 third choice Eclair de Lune, off a second place finish in the Modesty.
Eclair de Lune leads in the stretch
Jockey Michael Baze sent 11-1 Romacaca to a clear lead first time past the stands, and she set easy fractions of 24.32, 48.81, and 1:13.67 over the good turf while as many as 4 1/2 lengths in front of Eclair de Lune who stalked her in second. Entering the stretch, Eclair de Lune closed the gap, taking over the lead from the tiring Romacaca at the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:38.80. Hot Cha Cha, who sat third for the first mile, came out for room but was no match for Eclair de Lune, who cruised under the line 1 1/2 lengths in front in 1:56.56. It was just a neck back to late-running 9-1 Gypsy's Warning third, while favorite Ave disappointed in 8th.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Eclair de Lune Alvarado 14.80 7.40 4.80 2 Hot Cha Cha Graham 5.40 3.40 4 Gypsy's Warning Buick 5.80 $2 Exacta (6-2) paid 65.40 $1 Trifecta (6-2-4) paid 264.90 $1 Superfecta (6-2-4-8) paid 1,780.60 Winning Time: 1:56.56Results Chart
Left: Eclair de Lune in the winner's circle with owner Richard Duchossois and trainer Ron McAnally.
Right: The trophy presentation for the Beverly D. with trainer Ron McAnally on the far right and owner Richard Duchossois next to him. McAnally said, "This is one race I've wanted to win for (Duchossois). He's a first class man and I knew he wanted to win this race for his late wife (for whom the race was named). He's the greatest guys and very generous to everyone. Same time of race she ran the last time. Alvarado rode her last time and he felt he could win with her today."
Left: Eclair de Lune in the paddock before the race.
Right: Eclair de Lune returns the race. Her jockey Junior Alvarado said, "I'm very proud to have been given the chance to ride this filly. This was a wonderful race for me to win. When I rode her the last time, I knew I could win this race with her because the pace was so slow last time that I had every confidence today."
Left: Second place finisher Hot Cha Cha in the post parade. Her jockey James Graham said, "I had a perfect trip, couldn't catch them and she is in season."
Right: Third place finisher Gypsy's Warning heads out to the track before the race. Her jockey William Buick said, "I was very happy with her, she's a nice filly."
On to the Arlington Million won by Debussy
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