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|Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Beverly D. Stakes (GI)
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CITRONNADE, IRRIDESCENCE TOP GRADE I BEVERLY D. STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 8, 2007) – Stronach Stables’ Citronnade, a perfect four for four on the West Coast, and Team Valor & Green Lantern Stables’ globetrotting Irridescence headline a field of seven distaffers assembled for Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park.
The $750,000 race, the sister race to the Grade I Arlington Million, will be run at a distance of a mile and three-sixteenths on turf. In addition to its lucrative purse, the Beverly D. offers the winner an automatic starting position in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf under the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” format, which automatically places the winners of the 24 stakes at six of the nation’s premier racetracks into a corresponding divisional race for the 11-race, $23 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Monmouth Oct. 26 and 27.
Citronnade has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite off her unblemished 2007 campaign that saw the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid win the Grade II San Gorgonio Handicap and the Grade II Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita Park followed by the Grade I Gamely and Grade II Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park. All four victories were accomplished in wire-to-wire fashion.
The 4-year-old filly, who arrived from her California homebase on Tuesday, is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel who won the 1995 Beverly D. with Possibly Perfect and the 2003 edition of the race with Heat Haze. She will start from the rail and will be partnered with her regular jockey, David Flores.
Irridescence will be making her North American debut in the Beverly D. The 6-year-old mare has started in five different countries including her native South Africa where the daughter of Caesour was a group I stakes winner and champion. Second in the Group I UAE Hydra Properties Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in England last time out, Irridescence is looking for her first victory since capturing the Group I Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin in Hong Kong in April 2006. The 4-1 third choice in the morning line will leave from post three. She is trained by Michael deKock and will be ridden for the first time Saturday by John Murtagh.
Fourth in last year’s Beverly D., Glencrest Farm LLC’s Honey Ryder returns for a second go in Arlington’s top race for the distaff set. Since her last trip to Arlington, the daughter of Lasting Approval won the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational in New York and ran third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs to conclude her 5-year-old season. This year, the Todd Pletcher trainee captured the Grade II Sheepshead Bay Handicap in New York against members of her own sex two starts back while finishing second against ‘the boys’ in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Handicap in February and in the Grade I United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park last time out. Honey Ryder, the 5-2 second choice in the morning line, will break from post six and will be ridden Saturday by Garrett Gomez.
Owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Patrick Biancone have combined to take the last two renewals of the Beverly D. with Angara in 2005 and Gorella last year. This year, they send the French-bred filly Lady of Venice, who starts from post four and has been installed at odds of 9-2. The 4-year-old daughter of Loup Solitaire comes to the Beverly D. with a perfect 2007 record of three victories in as many starts having captured the Grade III Ouija Board Handicap at Lone Star Park in May and the Grade II CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park in her last two trips to post. Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle in pursuit of his second straight victory in the Beverly D.
Monceaux Stable’s Royal Highness, winner of the Grade III The Very One Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February, ran second in the $257,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Delaware Park in her only other start this year. The German-bred 5-year-old daughter of Monsun starts from post seven, is trained by Christophe Clement, who won the 2001 Beverly D. with England’s Legend, and will be ridden by Arlington Park’s leading jockey Rene Douglas.
Shadwell Stable’s Lahudood, who drew post two, was a winner in allowance company in New York in her last start. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained daughter of Singspiel was stakes placed in France where she was runner-up in the Group II Prix de Malleret at Saint-Cloud and the Group II Prix de Royallieu. Robby Albarado has been named to ride.
Completing the field and carrying the local hopes for the Beverly D. is Jennie R., who races in the colors of Michael & Elaine Bojarski, Sam Belpedio, William Lloyd and Cherrywood Racing II of Nate Ruffolo and trainer Michele Boyce. The daughter of Awesome Again, who will be ridden by E. T. Baird and start from post five, won the $48,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes and then set the pace in the Grade III Modesty Handicap over this course.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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