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Pachattack Primed for Beverly D

Pachattack Primed for Beverly D

Michael Deegan’s Pachattack, one of two invaders for Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the Arlington Million’s sister race, cantered once around Arlington’s main track Wednesday morning under exercise rider Andrew Morris.

 

On hand to observe his 4-year-old filly’s move was Michael Deegan, an Irishman who is engaged in the construction business on the Emerald Isle but also has raced a number of stakes quality horses over the last decade.

 

“This is what racing is all about,” said Deegan.  “I enjoy traveling around the world to see my horses run.  This is my first trip to Arlington, and I’m very impressed.  It is an absolutely beautiful facility.  I’m looking forward to the Beverly D.  This is a very nice filly we have brought for your race and we’re looking forward to having a crack at it.  However, it’s not going to be easy.  It looks like there are a lot of good fillies and mares in the race.”

 

Pachattack won her last start at Great Britain’s Newbury in the listed EBF Chalice Stakes on Aug. 1 and captured the listed EBF Hoppings Stakes before that at Newcastle June 24 under the tutelage of Gerard Butler.

 

Over most of the past decade, Deegan raced Jack Sullivan as part of the International Carnival Partnership. 

 

“We ran Jack Sullivan at Belmont Park in the (Grade I) Breeders’ Cup Classic, went to Japan to run him in the (Group I) Japan Cup Dirt, and we also finished fourth in the (Grade I) Dubai World Cup with him in 2005 when Roses in May won it.”

 

Also on the track Wednesday morning in advance of Saturday’s Beverly D. was the locally-based Romacaca, who races in the black and white silks of Arlington’s perennial leading owner Frank Calabrese and is trained by Nick Canani   The 4-year-old filly was backed up to the quarter pole at about 6:50 a.m. and galloped a mile and three-eighths.

 

Richard Duchossois’ Éclair de Lune, runner-up in the Grade III Modesty Handicap on July 17 as the designed prep for the Beverly D., galloped on the main track shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday under the supervision of Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally.

 

 

 

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