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2017 Beverly D Stakes Picks
Beverly D Stakes Preview and Odds
Race number 10 of 12 on the Arlington Million Day card, the Beverly D has drawn a competitive field with six of the entries listed in single-digit odds in the morning line.
Leading the international filed at 7-2 in the ML is Argentine-bred Dona Bruja for trainer Ignacio Correas. She was a star in her native country from the word go, winning her first five career starts, running second in two consecutive races, and then reeling off three more graded-stakes wins before making the move north for the 2017 campaign.
She hasn't missed a step on US soil, winning both of her starts here, including taking the (G3) Modesty Handicap last out on the Arlington turf. In that one she raced well off the pace to the top of the stretch before moving five-wide to get up for the win by a length. They did, however, finish that race off in fairly slow time, and she's going to be taking a step up in class here.
Among the top contenders, the speed is represented by Irish-bred Hawksmoor (9-2). She spent her first two seasons racing throughout Europe with mixed results, although she did score a pair of stakes wins in the UK and Germany. She ran twice last year in the US, without finding the winner's circle, but she's come into her own in 2017 with two consecutive wins at the graded-stakes level. She took both of those in front-running fashion, and she gets a cutback in distance here from her last win in the (G2) New York Stakes at Belmont.
Trainer Chad Brown Has a Loaded Trio
Breaking from the middle of the gate is UK-bred Grand Jete (6-1), one of three in the field for trainer Chad Brown. After eight starts in France, she's three-for-three in the US, and although two of those have been at the allowance level. In between those efforts she did score a win in the (G3) Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park.
From down on the rail comes another Chad Brown runner in the form of Dacita (4-1), a veteran six-year-old who has won exactly half of her 18 lifetime starts, with six of those coming in her native Chile. She won the (G1) Diana Stakes at Saratoga last year, but she is winless in two attempts so far in 2017, last out finishing sixth - but less than four lengths from the winner - behind Hawksmoor in the New York Stakes.
Drawing some interest from the oddsmaker is Rain Goddess (5-1), the only three-year-old in the field, who goes for the superstar Euro trainer-jockey combination Aiden O'Brien and Ryan Moore. She only has one win to her name in seven starts, and that in her very first race, but she's been very good form lately, running second in two consecutive Group 1 events in Ireland. She also gets first time lasix for her North American debut.
Not to be overlooked is the always-game Rainha Da Bateria (6-1), the third Chad Brown entry in the group. She's been in the money in seven graded-stakes races lifetime, with a pair of wins. She got off to a slow start to 2017, but picked up a deadheat win last out in the (G2) Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine.
The Beverly D. Stakes goes Saturday, August 12 from Arlington International Race Track in Arlington, Illinois, with a post time of 5:35 PM Central. You can bet the full day's worth of racing through the Today's Tracks tab at most of our recommended online racebooks.
Entries w/ML Odds
- Dacita (4-1)
- Prado's Sweet Ride (30-1)
- Kitten's Roar (12-1)
- Dona Bruja (7-2)
- Grand Jete (6-1)
- Zipessa (15-1)
- Rainha Da Bateria (6-1)
- Sarandia (30-1)
- Hawksmoor (9-2)
- Rain Goddess (5-1)
- #1 - Hawksmoor
- #2 - Dona Bruja
- #3 - Rain Goddess
- #4 - Dacita
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