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Owner Peter Brant leads Sistercharlie to the winner's circle after the 2019 Beverly D.
The distaff counterpart to the Arlington Million is the $600,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1). A field of 7 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. Defending champion Sistercharlie was sent off as the 2-5 favorite off wins in the Breeder' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) and the Diana (G1). In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Fleeting , second in both the Ribblesdale (G2) at Ascot and the Irish Oaks (G1) at Curragh, and 6-1 third choice Competitionofideas, second in the New York (G2) and the Matchmaker (G3).
Sistercharlie rallies down the center in the stretch
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Sistercharlie Velazquez 2.80 2.40 2.10 2 Awesometank Geroux 8.00 5.20 3 Competitionofideas Castellano 3.00 Winning Time: 1:52.43 $1 Exacta (7-2) 12.80 $0.50 Trifecta (7-2-3) 17.40 $0.10 Superfecta (7-2-3-1) 6.86Results Chart
Left: Sistercharlie in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "She can run well anywhere, but she sure does love Arlington. She's the horse of a lifetime, really, one of the best I've ever trained. I think she's headed to the Hall of Fame sometime."
Right: Trophy presentation for the Beverly D.
Left: Sistercharlie heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "I wasn't worried at all [about Thais]. I was a little worried about the fillies from Europe. The horse to beat [Fleeting] I thought was behind me, and I was a little more patient. At the 3/8 pole, normally I start passing there. I made sure she went on, and she did it right away, but I had all the confidence in the world in [Sistercharlie]. She always takes care of business."
Right: Sistercharlie in the paddock. She is the only 2 time winner of the Beverly D.
Left: Second place finisher Awesometank in the post parade. Jockey FLorent Geroux said, "We had a great trip, I loved where we were. I looked back and I wondered if Sistercharlie might be too far back. I was riding my race, and we just got outrun – that's the best filly in North America."
Right: Third place finisher Competitionofideas in the paddock before the race. The Chad Brown trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 thirds in 11 starts, earning $564,968 for owner Klaravich Stables.
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 Cafe Americano, 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.
The win completed a Chad Brown sweep of all 4 graded stakes on the card. Brown said, "I'm so proud of my whole team. They all work so hard with these horses and its days like today that all that work pays off. There's a lot of hard work that goes into this, and I'm surrounded by a lot of really talented people. Of course, it's all up to the horses though and I'm so proud of them. They give me their all every single day and that's why I do this job."
Left: Second place finisher Princesa Carolina returns after the race. The Ken McPeek trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 10 starts, earning $195,299 for owner-breeder Three Chimneys Farm.
Right: Third place finisher Art of Almost in the post parade. The Roger Attfield trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 9 starts, earning $118,702 for owners-breeders Fred Seitz, Jon Kelly, Danny Ward, and Dr. Ted Folkerth.
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