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Dank with Ryan Moore up return after the 2013 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 this 1 3/16 mile trip over the Arlington turf course on Saturday, with Gamely (G1) and Sunset Handicap (G3) winner Marketing Mix sent off as the 11-10 favorite over 3-1 Dank, winner of the Kilboy Estate (G2) last out, and 6-1 third choice Duntle, second in the Prix Rothschild (G1) after winning the Duke of Cambridge (G2).
Dank draws off in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Dank Moore 8.40 5.60 4.20 5 Gifted Girl Queally 13.40 8.20 9 Ausus Graham 8.00 $2 Exacta (4-5) 88.60 $1 Trifecta (4-5-9) 447.80 $1 Superfecta (4-5-9-6) 1,589.70 Winning Time: 1:53.38Results Chart
Left: Dank heads to the winner's circle. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "When she ran at The Curragh last time, she really impressed me. I had every confidence in her today. I thought she was coming into this in unbelievable shape. She's been real aggressive all year. She wasn't at her best over the last couple, but she was in excellent condition coming into this, and when she kicked in it was all over."
Right: Dank in her winner's blanket.
Left: Dank in the paddock before the race.
Right: Dank in the post parade. Owner James Wigan said, "She has such a great turn of foot. Obviously she has improved over the last year."
Left: Second place finisher Gifted Girl in the post parade. Jockey Tom Queally said, "She ran well, but obviously she wasn't going to beat the winner. We had a lovely run around. She was slowly away, but she ran a super race. There's still more to come for her.""
Right: Third place finisher Ausus in the post parade. The 21-1 shot was last early under jockey James Graham, but rallied to get third beaten 5 3/4 lengths. The Dan Peitz trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 14 starts, earning $331,733 for owner-breeder Shadwell Farm.
Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Marketing Mix in the paddock before the race. Jockey Gary Stevens said, "She was a little keen early and was pulling pretty good. She didn't relax for me like she normally does. Normally she gives me a feeling of confidence into the far turn, but I didn't have that today. I knew then it was going to be difficult."
Also on the undercard was the Hatoof Stakes for three-year-old fillies going about 1 1/16 miles on the turf, run in two $75,000 divisions. In the first division, 5-2 second choice Liz Pendens set the pace of 23.66 46.77, and 1:11.13. 6-1 I'm Already Sexy, who pressed the pace the whole way, took over the lead at the 1/8 pole and drew off to win by 4 3/4 lengths over late-running 7-1 Bold Kitten in 1:40.93. It was a head back to 9-5 favorite My Option third.
In the second division, run after the Million, 40-1 longest shot Great Red Beauty was loose on the lead through fractions of 22.74 and 46.38 before tiring. 23-1 I O Ireland, fifth early, took over at the top of the lane and held off late-running 5-1 Every Way by a neck in 1:41.69. It was another 1/2 length back to 8-1 Street of Gold third, while 11-10 favorite Frivolous was fourth.
On to the Arlington Million won by Real Solution
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