• ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Winx!Posted 1 day ago
  • Elektrum (5-2) gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 Dowager at Keeneland.Posted 1 day ago
  • Roca Rojo (4-1) storms home to romp in Belmont's Athenia.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lightstream (2-1) rolls late to pass Malibu Stacy for the Raven Run win.Posted 2 days ago
  • Royal Posse (5-2) likes the off going and upsets Governor Malibu in the Empire Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bar of Gold (4-5) wins the Empire Distaff by a country mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Pat On The Back (20-1) puts them to sleep in a sloppy Sleepy Hollow.Posted 2 days ago
  • 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 2 days ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 2 days ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 3 days ago
Breeders Cup 2015

Pachattack After Beverly D Redemption

Arlington Park.

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.


Nevertheless, Pachattack’s Irish-born British-based trainer Gerard Butler, who plans to be back and forth between Arlington and Newmarket all summer – with assorted side trips to Canada’s Woodbine – remains focused on a second attempt at the sister race to the Arlington Million.


“Actually, I think (Pachattack) might be five pounds better on Polytrack than she is on turf,” said Butler 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 in mind.


“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 this race.”


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.




comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories