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Owner Barry Irwin of Team Valor leads Euro Charline to the winner's circle after the 2014 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 looking for automatic entry in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) under the "Win and You're In" promotion. Stephanie's Kitten was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off her close second in the Diana (G1). In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Alterite, 8th in the Diana after she was 3rd in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1), and 6-1 third choice Just the Judge, third in the Pretty Polly (G1) at Curragh.
Euro Charline catches Stephanie's Kitten in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Euro Charline Moore 23.60 10.60 6.20 5 Stephanie's Kitten Dettori 4.40 3.20 1 Just The Judge Spencer 5.80 $2 Exacta (2-5) 131.40 $1 Trifecta (2-5-1) 331.10 $1 Superfecta (2-5-1-7) 2,036.00 Winning Time: 1:55.52Results Chart
Left: Euro Charline iin the winner's circle. Winning jockey Ryan Moore said, "She traveled real sweet and kicked on nicely like a good filly would. It's been a good day so far."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Beverly D. Barry Irwin (holding bowl) of winning ownership group Team Valor said, "(Marco Botti) talked me into running here. He's been bugging me a month, and I finally gave in. He thought she'd get the trip, but I wasn't sure because three-year-olds normally don't do as well in this race, and this filly is nuts. What really convinced me was getting a direct flight here."
Left: Euro Charline in the paddock before the race. Winning trainer Marco Botti said, "Haven't stopped shaking yet, I knew she was going to have a good run."
Right: Euro Charline heads out for the post parade. She is the first 3-year-old to win the Beverly D. Barry Irwin will send her to the barn of Todd Pletcher to continue her racing career in the United States.
Left: Second place finisher Stephanie's Kitten in the post parade. Jockey Frankie Dettori said, "She was slow at the beginning. She walked out, I couldn't keep my position, then I'm screwed, then I'm in jail without a key. I weaved my way through, but the winner got a dream run for free on me and it's over. Bye bye. I warmed her up good, but age is telling now and the young ones are more spring chickens."
Right: Third place finisher Just The Judge heads out for the post parade. Jockey Jamie Spencer said, "She's a very European-style runner, and it took her awhile to find her best stride. I believe she'll do better with a stronger straight on a more European-style track."
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, 9-2 Zubi Zubi Zu set the pace of 25.04, 50.61, and 1:15.46. In a 4-horse blanket finish, 12-1 Annulment nosed out 14-1 Tempers Flair for the win in 1:44.82. It was just a head back to late-running 5-2 favorite V V Goodnight third, and a head back to pacesetter Zubi Zubi Zu fourth.
In the second division, run after the Million, 47-1 longshot Bonita Song set the early pace of 23.64, 48.37, and 1:13.68 before tiring. 2-1 favorite Kiss Moon, third early, came through between horses at the top of the lane to win by 1 length over 5-1 Maria Maria in 1:42.83. It was another 3 lengths back to 10-1 Lovely Loyree third.
On to the Arlington Million won by Hardest Core
On to the Secretariat Stakes won by Adelaide
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