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Owner Martin Schwartz leads Sea Calisi to the winner's circle after the 2016 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $700,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A full field of 14 older fillies and mares contested this 1 3/16 mile trip over the firm 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. Sheapshead Bay (G2) winner Sea Calisi was sent off as the 11-10 favorite off her close second in the New York Stakes (G2). In to challenge her included 11-2 second choice Coolmore, 3rd in the Belmont Oaks (G1) after finishing 5th in the Prix de Diane (G1), and 6-1 third choice Ballydoyle, 13th in the Belmont Oaks (G1).
Sea Calisi rallies in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 13 Sea Calisi Geroux 7.60 3.80 3.00 2 Al's Gal Lanerie 4.40 3.00 9 Zipessa Bravo 3.00 Winning Time: 1:54.93 $2 Exacta (13-2) 34.30 $0.50 Trifecta (13-2-9) 149.35 $0.10 Superfecta (13-2-9-5) 269.31Results Chart
Left: Sea Calisi in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "I'm lucky to have this filly. She came to me in good shape. Michele Zerolo found her, they work well as a team, together Marty and Michele. They find these wonderful horses for us to work with, I'm just lucky to have her."
Right: Trophy presentation for the Beverly D. Winning owner Martin Schwartz said, "It's a great place, a great race and great people. It's a beautiful racetrack, a fair surface, other than being out in the parking lot to start, Florent with his beautiful ride overcame that. We couldn't be more overjoyed."
Left: Sea Calisi gets hosed off in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "Chad is one of the hottest trainers in North America right now, and number one on turf. I went to visit him when I was in Saratoga and asked if he could give me some horses since I'm doing quite good on the turf. We agreed to come here together and he gave me those very nice horses to ride. Turf horses are push button, just sit back, pull the trigger and they are there when you need them. She's a very nice filly, definitely no distance problem at all – she can win at longer if we have to. We got helped a lot today with the pace maker, it was good for that, she needed some pace and clean trip and it worked out good."
Right: Sea Calisi heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Al's Gal heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Corey Lanerie said, "It was a good trip. She rated kindly toward the rear. I tracked the winner all the way, and she angled out and went around. I was lucky enough to get through inside and angled back out, but just couldn't get it today."
Right: Third place finisher Zipessa in the paddock. Jockey Joe Bravo said, "Awesome filly, I'd say she's got a big future ahead of her. No hidden secrets, she's a frontrunner, but you put 1:23 on her, rabbit against her and she still gets beat two lengths? She's got a great future."
The last race on the card was the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (G3) for three-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the inner half of the turf course. 9-1 Moms Choice set the pace of 24.29, 49.43, and 1:13.74 while pressed by 12-1 Nobody's Fault and stalked by 6-1 Try Your Luck. Into the lane Try Your Luck moved up to lead through 1 mile in 1:37.86 and held off 5-2 Noble Beauty by a nose at the line in 1:50.09. It was a head back to 2-1 favorite Auntie Joy third. However, after a stweard's inquiry and a jockey's objection (Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard Auntie Joy claiming interference against Corey Lanerie aboard Try Your Luck), Try Your Luck was disqualified and placed third, moving Noble Beauty up to first place.
Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "We got lucky there with the disqualification, but I did think our filly ran the best race."
Left: First place finisher (disqualified to third) Try Your Luck heads out to the track before the race.
Right: Third place finisher (moved up to second by the disqualification) and beaten favorite Auntie Joy in the post parade.
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