With horses invading from at least four countries
as well as various parts of the United States for the Grade I $750,000
Beverly D., perhaps it is somewhat ironic that Glen Hill Farm's 3-1
morning line favorite Marketing Mix has been based in Barn 1A on the
Arlington Park backstretch for much of the summer.
The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro is trained by Tom Proctor but has yet
to make a start this season over the local turf course. The 4-year-old
filly, who won last year's Grade III Pucker Up Stakes here last summer,
captured the Grade II Nassau Stakes and the Grade II Dance Smartly
Stakes at Woodbine Race Course in her last two starts. Julien Leparoux,
who won the 2006 edition of the mile and three-sixteenths turf test
with the French-bred Gorella, has the mount Saturday.
A close 7-2 second choice in the early odds is Flaxman Holding's
Aruna. The Graham Motion-trained daughter of Mr. Greeley finished
second to fellow Beverly D. contestant Mystical Star in the Grade II New
York Stakes at Belmont Park in June but beat that rival when taking the
Grade II Sheepshead Bay there the previous month. The multiple
graded-stakes winning 4-year-old will team again with her regular rider
Ramon Dominguez for the Beverly D.
The British-bred Joviality, who races for the 2010 Arlington
Million-winning team of H. R. H. Princess Haya of Jordan, trainer John
Gosden and jockey William Buick, is highly regarded among the foreign
contingent set for the Beverly D. Though a disappointing 10th in her
last start, the Group I Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, she had been
faring better earlier this season with a victory in the Group II Windsor
Forest Stakes during the Royal Ascot meeting and a runner-up finish in
the Group III Princess Elizabeth Stakes prior to that.
Andrew Stone's Irish-bred I'm A Dreamer invades from Europe off a
third-place finish in the Group I Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh in
Ireland. Before that, the David Simcock-trained daughter of Noverre ran
fourth in the Group III Brigadier Gerard Stakes at England's Sandown
Park and third in the Group II Middleton Stakes at York. Hayley Turner
picks up the mount on the 5-year-old mare for the Beverly D.
Mystical Star, the Cheyenne Stables colorbearer who beat Aruna last
time out, would give trainer Christophe Clement his fourth victory in
the Beverly D. The French-born conditioner saddled previous winners
England's Legend (2000), Royal Highness (2007) and Mauralakana (2008).
Joze Lezcano has been named to ride the 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly.
Frank Calabrese's Romacaca, winner of the Grade III Modesty Handicap
here on Million Preview Day July 14, would be the first horse to win the
Modesty and the Beverly D. in the same year should she score a victory
Saturday. The Danny Miller-trained daughter of Running Stag will have
Arlington Park's leading jockey, Francisco Torres, in the irons.
two other foreign-based distaffers entered for the Beverly D. are
Gestut Karlshof's German-bred Kapitale (Mirco Demuro), who is making her
2012 debut here; and Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael
Tabor's Up (Colm O'Donoghue), group stakes placed three times in 2012
including a third last out in the Group III Kilboy Estate Stakes at The
Also representing North America are The Granger House Partnership's
Stars to Shine (Alex Solis), who won the Grade III Ontario Matron for
Woodbine-based trainer Mark Frostad; and Stone Farm et. al.'s Upperline
(James Graham), the Mike Stidham-trained winner of the Grade III
Arlington Matron on Polytrack in May who was third in the Modesty in her
last trip to the post.
The Beverly D., which provides the winner an automatic starting
position in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the "Win
and You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge Series, is one of three Grade I
stakes races on the card that comprises Arlington's International
Festival of Racing. The others are the 30th running of the Arlington
Million for older turf stars and the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes for
3-year-old grass runners of international caliber. New for the 2012
Festival is the inaugural edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger for
marathon turf runners at a mile and eleven-sixteenths.