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Owner Peter Brant leads Sistercharlie to the winner's circle after the 2018 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $600,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A field of 9 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 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series "Win and You're In" promotion. Diana (G1) and Jenny Wiley (G1) winner and New York (G2) runner-up Sistercharlie was sent off as the 8-5 favorite. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Athena, winner of the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) after finishing third in the Pretty Polly (G1), and 5-1 third choice Fourstar Crook, winner of the New York (G2).
Sistercharlie rallies down the center in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Sistercharlie Velazquez 5.20 2.80 2.40 7 Fourstar Crook Ortiz Jr. 4.80 3.20 5 Thais Geroux 10.20 Winning Time: 1:56.77 $1 Exacta (3-7) 8.90 $0.50 Trifecta (3-7-5) 99.45 $0.10 Superfecta (3-7-5-2) 97.87Results Chart
Left: Sistercharlie in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown, who trains the first three finishers as well as 5th place finisher Inflexibility said, ""She's very consistent. She's the type of mare any trainer would love to have. It's very rewarding for my staff and my owners and my mentor, I'm thinking about him right now, Bobby Frankel. He loved this race. He loved coming to Arlington, a big supporter. He taught me so much and to be able to come back and use his training techniques, everything he taught me, to come here and have success in this race is really special."
Right: Trophy presentation for the Beverly D. Trainer Chad Brown has won 4 straight editions of the Beverly D.
Left: Sistercharlie in the post parade. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "It was a perfect trip. We broke a little slow like always. As soon as we went past the wire I looked for the position I wanted and I got it. Then I sat there and I saw Ryan Moore move on the outside into the backstretch and kind of pushed him out and he came in, and I kind of followed him from there. From the half-mile pole there was just one horse to beat so I put her right behind that one and when I asked her she responded really well. She's a really good horse but she has some quirks. She can run, though."
Right: Sistercharlie heads back to the barn after the race in her new winner's blanket.
Left: Second place finisher Fourstar Crook heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "She's a nice mare, she tries hard. She got beat by Sistercharlie, one of the greatest turf fillies right now. She ran very good. I didn't want to go to early wanted to wait and she got a perfect trip."
Right: Third place finisher Thais returns after the race. Jockey Florent Geroux said, "It looked like the field was pretty spread out so I didn't want to open up too many lengths. From there she hung on for third pretty well. Sistercharlie ended up winning, Chad ran one-two-three and we did well."
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 turf. Regret (G3) winner Beyond Blame was the 2-1 choice over 5-1 Dark Artist, winner of the Boiling Springs and Open Mind, and 11-2 Pamina, an allowance winner making her stakes debut. 46-1 In The Mood set the pace of 23.76 and 48.54 before Beyond Blame took over through 3/4 in 1:13.22. Turning for home Pamina, 6th early, took over through 1 mile in 1:38.26 but 6-1 fourth choice Secret Message, 11th early under Irad Ortiz Jr. rallied 7 wide to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.01. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to 11-1 Princess Warrior third, as favorite Beyond Blame faded to 5th.
Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "Last time she broke so bad and got beat by two lengths. She came from way back and we didn't want to change anything, we just wanted to break well. She broke well and then I was patient. We let her relax and finish and she was great."
Left: Second place finisher Pamina heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Jose Ortiz said, "My filly ran well. She broke very sharp. She relaxed very well on me and when I was ready to make a move I did but we came up second best."
Right: Third place finisher Princess Warrior returns after the race. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "She broke fine and then put herself a little back. She looked like she didn't have as much speed in the beginning and then she came running in the last part. I thought it was a good race for her."
Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Beyond Blame in the post parade.
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