Michael Deegan’s Pachattack,
who dwelt at the start to lose all chance in last summer’s Grade I Beverly D.
but still rallied to finish sixth, is a horse whose connections have a game
plan to seek redemption this summer.
The first step on Pachattack’s
road to the 2011 Beverly D. on Aug. 13 came May 28 in Chicago
when the 5-year-old daughter of Pulpit captured the 75th anniversary edition of
the Grade III Arlington Matron with a dominant six-length tally.
However, the 2011 Arlington
Matron for fillies and mares was contested on Polytrack, while the Beverly D.
for members of the distaff set is scheduled to be run over Arlington’s
world famous turf course.
Irish-born British-based trainer Gerard Butler, who plans to be back and forth
all summer – with assorted side trips to Canada’s
Woodbine – remains focused on a second attempt at the sister race to the
“Actually, I think
(Pachattack) might be five pounds better on Polytrack than she is on turf,”
after Pachattack’s Matron win, “but she’s also very good on grass and the
Beverly D. offers a very attractive $750,000 purse. We have to keep that
“The key to her race in the
Matron was getting her into a rhythm,” Butler
said. “I told the jockey (Florent Geroux, who replaced Junior Alvarado
after that rider broke his collarbone Friday) to ride her the same way Junior
did when he worked her the other day (seven furlongs over the Polytrack in
1:26.80 May 18). “I told Florent: ‘Don’t go any slower the first part of
it than Junior did that day, but don’t go any faster, either.’ I thought
Florent followed his instructions perfectly. I feel badly about what
happened to Junior. I saw him this morning and he told me the first thing
he thought about after he hit the ground was losing the mount on Pachattack in
The Grade III Modesty Handicap
July 9 as a designed prep for the Beverly D. is a strong intermediate
possibility for Pachattack prior to the main event, as is a race over the
Polytrack at Woodbine in Canada.