Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois won the most
important race to him when his Éclair de Lune, trained by Hall of Fame
conditioner Ron McAnally, overtook pacesetter Romacaca in the stretch to the
score a 1 ½-length victory in the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., which is named
for Duchossois’ late wife.
“Winning this race means more to me than winning the
Kentucky Derby,” said the 88-year-old Duchossois in accepting the Beverly D.
trophy from his children and grandchildren,
Ridden by Arlington
Park’s leading jockey
Junior Alvarado, Éclair de Lune covered the mile and three-sixteenths over
“good” turf in 1:56.56
“This is one race I’ve wanted to win for (Mr. Duchossois),”
said McAnally. “He’s a first class man and I knew he wanted to win this
race for his late wife. He’s one of the greatest guys and very generous
“Same type of race she ran the last time,” the trainer said
of the trip by the 4-year-old daughter of Marchand de Sable. “Alvarado
rode her last time and he felt he could win with her today.”
“I’m very proud to have been given the chance to ride this
filly,” Alvarado said. “This was a wonderful race for me to win.
When I rode her the last time, I knew I could win this race with her because
the pace was so slow last time that I had every confidence today.”
Hot Cha Cha, winner of the Grade III Pucker Up over this
course last year, made a three-wide move to get up for second over the fast
closing Gypsy’s Warning, who finished third in the nine-horse line-up.
Romacaca, a locally based 11-1 longshot, led for more than three quarters of a
mile before fading a bit to finish fourth.
had a perfect trip but couldn’t catch them,” Graham said of the runner-up.
“Plus, she is in season.”
de Lune won for first time since being purchased by Duchossois last year. She
earned $436,500 to move her bankroll past the half-million dollar mark to
off at odds of more than 6-1, Éclair de Lune paid $14.80, $7.40 and
$4.80. Hot Cha Cha returned $5.40 and $3.40. Gypsy’s Warning paid
Romacaca, Treat Gently, Pachattack, Acoma,
Ave and Biased completed the order of finish.