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Stakes Advance: The Grade I Beverly D. Stakes
FRANKEL DUO TOPS EIGHT IN GRADE I BEVERLY D.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 13, 2003) -- Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s uncoupled entrymates Tates Creek and Heat Haze, both conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, drew posts two and three, respectively, and figure as the ones to beat in Saturday's $700,000 Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park. The race attracted a field of eight turf distaffers, all of international caliber.
The 14th running of the Beverly D., a mile and three-sixteenths grass race for fillies and mares, is the sister race to the Grade I Arlington Million which will also be contested Saturday as part of Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing, the traditional centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred season, that also features the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds of global turf stature.
Tates Creek comes in to the Beverly D. off a rare three-way dead heat for place in the Grade I John C. Mabee Handicap last month at Del Mar. Prior to that, the daughter of Rahy had reeled off four consecutive wins dating back to last September, including a tally in the Grade I Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park. Patrick Valenzuela has the riding assignment.
Heat Haze, second in the Grade I Diana Handicap at Saratoga in her last trip to the post, will attempt to give Frankel his second Beverly D. victory. Prior to the Diana defeat, the daughter of Green Desert won Santa Anita's Grade III Las Cienegas Handicap from well off the pace and captured the Grade III Citgo Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs in similar fashion. Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. will get a leg up from trainer Bobby Frankel who hopes to add to his gaudy total of 17 Grade I victories so far this year. Frankel won the Beverly D. in 1995 with Possibly Perfect.
The Laura de Seroux-trained Dublino, a disappointing 10th over this course in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last October, returns to Arlington off three straight second-place finishes in graded stakes competition. Last time out, the daughter of Lear Fan was part of the same triple dead heat for place in the John C. Mabee Handicap that involved Tates Creek. Dublino's only victory in four starts this year came in her seasonal bow, the Grade III Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood. Kent Desormeaux, who won the 1992 Beverly D. astride De Burgh, Sangter & Prestonwood Farm's Kostroma, has the mount aboard Dublino who drew post five.
Christophe Clement, who took the 2001 Beverly D. with Baron Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend, will be represented this year by Moyglare Stud Farm's Dress To Thrill, who drew post eight. The daughter of Danehill won the Grade I Matriarch at Hollywood Park as a 3-year-old last fall when trained by Dermot Weld. She has made but two starts this season but was a wire-to-wire victress in the Grade III All Along Breeders' Cup Stakes at Colonial Downs last month. Patrick Smullen, Dress To Thrill's regular rider during her sophomore season, reunites with Dress To Thrill for the Beverly D.
The race's lone foreign-based participant is Gestut Schlenderhan's Walzerkoenigin, a multiple group race winner overseas. The daughter of Kingmambo captured the Group II Premio Emilio Turati at San Siro in Italy in her 2003 debut. Most recently, the Peter Schiergen trainee was third after a rough start in the Group II Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in England. The 4-year-old was in the first wave of foreign horses to ship to Arlington for this year's Festival and has had plenty of time to acclimate herself to her new surroundings. Andreas Suborics, who guided Stifung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano to victory in the 2001 Arlington Million, will depart with Walzerkoenigin from post seven.
Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley won the Grade III Modesty Handicap, Arlington's prep for the Beverly D., over this course three weeks ago. The Randy Schulhofer-trained daughter of Harlan, who drew the rail and will be ridden by Arlington's leading jockey Rene Douglas, will attempt to become the first filly to win the Modesty and the Beverly D. in the same season. Just last week Schulhofer scored the first grade I win of his training career with New York-bred Whitmore's Conn in the Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap over the Saratoga grass.
Completing the field for the Beverly D. (with jockey assignment and post position) are: Fox Ridge Farm's Riskaverse (Pat Day, post six), fourth in the Diana in her last start, and John & Kris Richter's Bien Nicole (Don Pettinger, post four), second in the Modesty last out and winner of the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap over this course last October.
Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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