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Stacelita heads to the winner's circle after the 2011 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A field of 11 older fillies and mares contested this 1 3/16 mile trip over the Arlington turf course on Saturday, with Stacelita sent off as the 9-5 favorite off her 3rd place finish against males in the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice River Jetez, 5th in the Falmouth Stakes (G1) at Newmarket last out, and 4-1 third choice Cheetah, off her win in the Robert G. Dick Memorial (G3) at Delaware Park.
Stacelita leads in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Stacelita Dominguez 5.60 3.80 2.80 5 Dubawi Heights Rosario 6.80 5.20 6 River Jetez Soumillon 3.60 $2 Exacta (1-5) paid 57.40 $1 Trifecta (1-5-6) paid 103.30 $1 Superfecta (1-5-6-3) paid 451.90 Winning Time: 1:57.57Results Chart
Left: Stacelita in the winner's circle.
Right: The trophy presentation for the Beverly D. Her owner Martin Schwartz said, "This is my third Beverly D winner. Gorella won in 2006 and Angara won in 2005. Stacelita and (trainer) Chad Brown are both fantastic. Stacelita has been a magnificent animal since I first saw her and Chad has been a magnificent animal since I first saw him. I've had about 12 to 15 different trainers but I've got the right one now. He's Ivy League-educated, has the right training (former assistant to the late Bobby Frankel) and is as humble as I am."
Left: Stacelita in the paddock before the race.
Right: Stacelita in the post parade. Her jockey Ramon Dominguez said, "I had an absolutely wonderful trip. I was able to sit right off the leader. Nice and relaxed, comfortable fractions. Turning for home, once I found a seam on the rail, I had to go for it and she reached for it great."
Left: Second place finisher Dubawi Heights in the post parade. Her jockey Joel Rosario said, "She ran great. I tried to slow it down as much as I possibly could and let her go turning for home. She responded well but the winner is just so good that our best wasn't good enough today."
Right: Third place finisher River Jetez heads out to the track before the race. Her jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "The horse ran well. I wish we'd had a better position but she tried her best. I was very proud of her."
On to the Arlington Million won by Cape Blanco
On to the Secretariat Stakes won by Treasure Beach
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