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DYNAFORCE POWERS TO BEVERLY D. VICTORY
Win Gives Jockey Desormeaux Back-to-Back Grade I Scores on Card
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 8, 2009) – Dr. John A. Chandler’s Dynaforce, third behind Pure Clan in the Grade III Modesty Handicap over this course four weeks ago, got revenge on that rival and six others when scoring a 1 ¼-length victory in the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes before a crowd of 28,141 at Arlington Park on Saturday. Jockey Kent Desormeaux was aboard the daughter of Dynaformer who covered the mile and three-sixteenths over a course officially labeled “good” in 1:58.29.
The score was the second Grade I win on the card for Desormeaux, who one race earlier captured the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes with Starlight Partners’ Take the Points. It was also the second consecutive Beverly D. tally and third overall for the California-based rider who took last year’s edition with Robert Scarborough’s Mauralakana as well as the 1992 edition with DeBurgh, Sangster & Prestonwood Farms’ Kostroma.
Under Desormeaux, the 6-year-old mare stalked the pace of the locally based Tizaqueena through easy fractions of 25.24 seconds, 50.67 seconds, 1:15.65 and 1:39.77 while making sure to keep the well-regarded European runner Alnadana at bay until the top of the stretch.
“I had a nice easy pace to the half and then let her stretch it out in an attempt to take the foreign turn of foot away from them down the lane,” said the multiple Eclipse Award winning jockey of his race-riding strategy. “That’s the way to beat the European horses. You can go as slow as you want the first three-quarters but you can’t wait ‘til the quarter pole to turn it on and you have to be mounted too. You still have to have the ability to get the kick to the wire.”
The Beverly D. was the first win of the year for Dynaforce, who won the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational last season. Overall, her record improved to 5-3-3 from 15 starts and the $441,000 winner’s check boosted her bankroll to $1,080,772. In addition, with the win she earns a starting berth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf to be held in November at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Last year, she finished a troubled eighth but was subsequently placed seventh in that mile and a quarter race.
The Irish-bred Alnadana was just behind the leaders after hitting the rail in the early going, had to alter course in the stretch and was closing late to get the place money.
“She ran quite well,” said Christophe Soumillon, who rode the runner-up. “If I had been on the lead from the start it would have been a better option but the other horse went to the lead on the fence quite fast so I had to wait to make it up the last 300 meters. I have no excuse and we finished second. She gave quite a good performance and I am quite happy.”
Pure Clan made a belated rally under Julien Leparoux to finish third, a nose to the clear of the locally based Tizaqueena.
“There was no pace, and that hurt our chances,” said Leparoux. “She closed well.”
Points of Grace, Denomination, Mad About You and Black Mamba completed the order of finish.
Sent off at odds of more than 7-1, Dynaforce paid $17.20, $8.60 and $4.80. Alnadana returned $9.60 and $5. Pure Clan paid $2.40.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 98-day meet in 2009 from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 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, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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