Race of the Week 2017

Beaugay Contenders Work in New York

Dayatthespa and Javier Castellano win the 29th running of the Queen Elizabeth 2 Challenge Cup, Grade 1 $400,000 at Keeneland Racecourse. October 13, 2012.

Contenders for the Beaugay took to the track on Sunday to turn in their final breezes for next Saturday’s race.


Trainer David Donk sent out Hessonite to a breeze on the training track, with Chad Brown representatives Dealbata and Dream Peace working on the inner turf course.


The Beaugay will serve as the 5-year-old debut for Hessonite, who breezed four furlongs in 48.87 seconds. The seven-time stakes winner is unraced since October, when she captured Belmont’s Ticonderoga a second straight year. She is seeking her first graded stakes score.


“I tried to run her a couple of weeks ago in the overnight stakes [on April 13] that didn’t fill,” said Donk, who trains the New York-bred daughter of Freud for William J. Punk, Jr. and Philip diLeo. “She’s been ready to go. We need to run somewhere. She’s had a lot of three-quarter works. I’m just trying to back her up today and keep her fresh, happy, and ready to go. She’s doing really well, and I’m looking forward to getting her started and seeing how aggressive we can be during the summer.”


Hessonite has already won nine of 18 starts and earned $713,310, but Donk hopes the best is yet to come.


“I think we saw it [when she finished fifth] in the Flower Bowl, and she didn’t get the cleanest trip,” said Donk. “I’m using this, maybe, as a springboard to the Sheepshead Bay [Grade 2, $200,000, 1 3/8 miles, May 25]. I’m looking forward to stretching her out. I can always fall back into the [$125,000 Mount Vernon for New York-bred fillies and mares on June 1]. I don’t need to win on Saturday – I just need to get her started and have her run a good race and do it the right way.


“From here on, whether it’s the races in New York or the Beverly D. or the races in the fall, she hasn’t won a graded stakes yet, so that’s the first goal. Can we expand upon that? I think it’s possible. It’s still my job to get her perform at her best, so I’m still going to have butterflies, but at the same time you don’t get many like these, especially in an operation like mine. She was a $27,000 yearling, and I don’t want to say she’s a diamond in the rough, but they don’t come around every day.”


Junior Alvarado will replace injured jockey Ramon Dominguez aboard Hessonite in the Beaugay.


Dream Peace and Dealbata went in company, covering four furlongs in 1:00.48.


A Group 2 winner in France, Etreham Farm’s Dream Peace hasn’t competed since finishing third in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor in October at Woodbine. Dealbata, who has won stakes in France and the United States, was ninth in the Grade 3 Endeavour on February 2 at Tampa Bay Downs for owner Martin Schwartz in her most recent start.


“As of right now, I’m not sure which one Chad is going to run [in the Beaugay],” said Cherie DeVaux, assistant to Brown. “It will depend on how they come out of their works.”


Also on the worktab for Brown were Grade 1 winner Dayatthespa and Street Secret, who won a Gulfstream Park optional claimer on March 23 in her North American debut. The two breezed five furlongs on the turf in 1:00.02.


Real Solution, who was sent to Brown earlier this year after beginning his career in Italy, is set to make his first stateside start in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Fort Marcy at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Last year, Brown sent out Desert Blanc to a second-place finish in the Fort Marcy in the colt’s U.S. bow, with the import later winning the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.


On Sunday, Real Solution, a Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred, breezed four furlongs on the training track in 49.11 seconds.


“He’s been working up a storm,” said DeVaux. “He’s really been doing well. We did the same thing with Desert Blanc, and it worked out very well for us.”




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