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2015 Beverly D. Results

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Jockey Joe Bravo celebrates as Watsdachances heads to the winner's circle after the 2015 Beverly D.

Arlington Million results
Secretariat Stakes results

Date: 08/15/2015

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.
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Stephanie's Kitten shys away from Secret Gesture's interference in the stretch

Euro Charline was sent to the front by Jose Lezcano and she set fractions of 47.67, 1:13.04, and 1:38.81 over the yielding course while as many as 3 1/2 lengths in front of 6-1 Secret Gesture stalking her in second. In the final furlong, Secret Gesture gained the lead but bore out under the left handed whip of Jamie Spencer, into the path of late-running Stephanie's Kitten who had to check in the final strides. Secret Gesture pulled away to finish 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 9-1 Watsdachances in 1:57.36, in turn a neck ahead of Stephanie's Kitten, and 3/4 more to pacesetting favorite Euro Charline. After a lengthy inquiry into the stretch run, Secret Gesture was disqualified and placed third behind Stephanie's Kitten, moving Watsdachances into the winner's circle.
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 #  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)      78.06
Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: 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."

horse racinghorse racingThe 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.

Results Chart

On to the Arlington Million won by The Pizza Man
On to the Secretariat Stakes won by Highland Reel

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