‘Just a tank’: Beverly Park gets 13th win in 28 starts this year

‘Just a tank’: Beverly Park gets 13th win in 28 starts this year
Photo: Edited Churchill Downs / Coady Photography

Beverly Park, the wonder horse with 28 starts this year, got his 13th win of 2022 on Monday in a starter allowance race at Mahoning Valley.

Sold as a yearling for $220,000, Beverly Park was claimed by trainer Lynn Cash in August 2021 for $12,500 after a win at Belterra Park.

“You can't put Beverly Park in with normal horses,” Cash told Horse Racing Nation on Tuesday. “He's just the horse of a lifetime. He's just a tank. He's as sound and healthy as any horse anywhere.”

The 5-year-old son of Munnings had only 10 starts in 2021, but then he didn't have his first race of the year until July.

Cash, who took out his training license in April 2021 and trains only horses whom he owns, has started Beverly Park 36 times since that claim, mostly in starter allowance races. He reeled off six straight wins to start his career with Cash, and seven of his first eight, and he has 20 wins from those 36 starts.

 Beverly Park: 2022 Track Distance* Place  Earnings
Nov. 28 AlwMVR6 f1st  $11,940
Nov. 19 AlwCT6 1/2 f2nd    $4,600
Nov. 12 AlwCD6 f4th    $5,500
Nov. 3 AlwCT7 f1st  $13,693
Oct. 15 AlwKEE6 f3rd    $5,871
Sept. 21 AlwCD6 1/2 f1st  $42,900
Aug. 26 AlwTIM6 1/2 f1st  $15,000
Aug. 17 Alw OCCNL6 f4th    $4,000
July 23 OCDEL5 1/2 f3rd    $2,420
July 15 AlwBTP6 f2nd    $3,700
June 30 OCTDN6 f1st  $12,000
June 18 AlwCD6 1/2 f1st  $29,120
June 2 AlwBTP6 f1st    $9,120
May 22 AlwMTH6 f4th    $1,250
May 12 AlwCT7 f1st  $14,260
May 7 AlwLRL6 f2nd    $5,500
April 21 OCCT6 1/2 f1st  $14,520
April 14 AlwKEE6 f2nd    $8,800
April 1 AlwCT4 1/2 f3rd    $2,287
March 25 AlwLRL6 f2nd    $5,500
March 15 AlwMVR6 f1st  $10,560
Feb. 23 AlwMVR6 f2nd    $3,520
Feb. 18 AlwCT4 1/2 f1st  $12,459
Feb. 13 AlwLRL6 f4th    $1,500
Jan. 27 AlwLRL5 1/2 f1st  $18,000
Jan. 23 AlwTP6 f (AW)7th       $220
Jan. 14 AlwCT6 1/2 f1st  $12,228
Jan. 2 AlwOP6 f4th    $1,400
Year 28: 13-6-3   $271,868
Career 45: 23-7-4   $512,970
*All dirt unless noted   

“I just happened to grab his coattails as he was taking off. He's drug me up. I haven't drug him. He's just an amazing horse.”

Cash said Beverly Park gets “irritable” between races.

“Four or five days from now, he'll be trying to tear the stall up. Because he's ready. He's ready to get out and go. He’s just competitive. Again, another reason you can't compare him to a normal horse is, I mean, this horse has put some miles on him too.”

Still, Cash knows that 28 starts this year is a lot.

“People are saying, 'man, you just run him crazy,' " Cash said. "But with Beverly Park, he's running in nickel starters, $5,000 starters. And most tracks write that race. And one reason he travels so much is because sometimes people don't enter that race. Sometimes the race doesn't make. They run the race every couple of weeks at a lot of tracks, but a lot of times they don't make, and Beverly is so strong in those races.

“A lot of times I have to go somewhere to get him a race. Especially now, we're down to two or three tracks that are still writing. We've got Mahoning and Charles Town and I think Parx are the only three writing starter races that he can have started for a claiming price of five thousand or less in the last two years. Some of the tracks have a one-year ban. I know Turfway still writes it, but the time when he ran on the Tapeta track up there, he didn't like the Tapeta. He backed up real soon on that, so we don't take him back.”

Beverly Park's 28 wins are the most for a Thoroughbred in North America since Rapid Redux had 19 in 2011.

North American leaders each year since 2000

Year  StartsWinsEarnings
202228 Beverly Park13 Beverly Park$4,255,000 Flightline
202127 (tie) 2 horses12 Shinny$5,824,140 Knicks Go
202024 (tie) 2 horses  8 (tie) 5 horses$7,170,000 Authentic
201929 She's Thirsty  9 (tie) 5 horses$6,723,650 Bricks and Mortar
201829 Copper Prince11 Arriesgado$7,000,000 Gun Runner
201729 She's Thirsty10 (tie) 2 horses$7,338,000 Arrogate
201633 Twins Miracle12 Betty Starlite$4,084,600 Arrogate
201528 (tie) 2 horses12 Tribal Custom$8,288,800 American Pharoah
201431 Miss Prim11 Handsup Moneydown$4,389,680 Bayern
201328 (tie) 3 horses11 Juan M$2,984,000 Mucho Macho Man
201230 Numerous One10 (tie) 3 horses$3,598,455 Fort Larned
201131 Mark Up Tiny19 Rapid Redux$2,927,000 Drosselmeyer
201030 (tie) 2 horses13 World Gone Wrong$3,751,467 Blame
200936 Juan El Terrible11 Typical Design$3,330,000 Zenyatta
200831 Juan El Terrible11 Chickster$3,576,700 Big Brown
200729 I'm An Evil One14 Golden Hare$5,102,800 Curlin
200631 Storm of the Year12 (tie) 2 horses$3,690,000 Invasor
200531 (tie) 2 horses10 (tie) 3 horses$3,696,960 Saint Liam
200435 Rays a Ruler11 Gran Rojo$7,563,535 Smarty Jones
200332 Game Magic12 D' Wildcat Speed$2,470,000 Pleasantly Perfect
200237 Sovran Ice12 La Policlinica$3,455,000 War Emblem
200135 Blitzen's Echo13 La Mistica$3,350,000 Point Given
200036 Bold Gee12 (tie) 3 horses$3,445,950 Tiznow
 Source: Equibase 

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