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Jockey Joe Bravo celebrates as Watsdachances heads to the winner's circle after the 2015 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $700,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A field of 9 older fillies and mares contested this 1 3/16 mile trip over the rain-soaked 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. Defending champ Euro Charline was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off her second place finish in the Falmouth (G1) after fourth in the Dubai Turf (G1). In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Stephanie's Kitten, 2nd in this race last year but 5th in the Diana (G1) last out, and 7-2 third choice Wedding Vow, 2nd in the Nassau (G1) at Goodwood.
Stephanie's Kitten shys away from Secret Gesture's interference in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Watsdachances Bravo 19.80 7.20 5.20 3 Stephanie's Kitten Ortiz Jr. 4.40 3.40 10 Secret Gesture Spencer 4.40 Winning Time: 1:57.36 $2 Exacta (2-3) 81.60 $0.50 Trifecta (2-3-10) 121.95 $0.10 Superfecta (2-3-10-8) 78.06Results Chart
Left: Watsdachances in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown, who also trains Stephanie's Kitten, said, "I think the stewards made the right call and we were lucky that both fillies fired today."
Right: Watsdachances heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Watsdachances returns after the race. Winning jockey Joe Bravo said, "You can't make this game up: with the rainstorm we got, and they had her ready to run and she just loved the distance."
Right: Second place finisher (by disqualification) Stephanie's Kitten returns after the race. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "The winner (Secret Gesture) kept coming out and it definitely cost me second."
Left: Third place finisher Secret Gesture (disqualified from first) in the post parade. Jockey Jamie Spencer refused comment. The Ralph Beckett trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds in 15 starts, earning $746,427 for owners Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud.
Right: Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Euro Charline leads first time by. Jockey Jose Lezcano said, "My filly really broke sharp and never relaxed she just pulled me the whole way and when the other came I tried to give her a kick but she was just too tired."
The first graded stakes on the card was the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (G3) for three-year-old fillies going about 1 1/16 miles on the inner half of the turf course. 17-1 Unbridled Courage set the pace of 24.37 and 49.56 over the firm course before 14-1 Mizz Money took over down the backstretch through 3/4 in 1:14.94 and 1 mile in 1:38.22. 7-1 Return to Grace, 7th early, closed with a rush but Mizz Money held her off by a nose in 1:49.80. It was 1/2 a length back to 11-2 Prado's Sweet Ride third, while 11-10 favorite Miss Chatelaine was 6th.
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