Mango Diva Pointing Toward Beverly D

HorseRacingNation.com
August 01, 2015 05:49am
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Augustin Stable’s Mango Diva is training well and pointing toward the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D., according to trainer Michael Matz. A daughter of Holy Roman Emperor, the bay 5-year-old mare will be making her third stateside start after a European career in which she was a Group II winner and ran against some of the best fillies in training, including Thistle BirdJust the JudgeTarfasha and Sultanina.
 
Last out, in her second American start after a belated bid saw her seventh in the Grade III $150,000 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico, she was a game second in the Grade III $100,000 Modesty Handicap on July 11 over the same course and distance as the Beverly D. The ground that day was rain-soaked and labeled good – a condition she was able to withstand, but not excel upon when losing by a half-length.
 
She’s really doing well,” Matz remarked. “She came out of the race good and will have a little work (Saturday morning) and hopefully we’ll be ready for the Beverly D. It would be nice to get firm turf; the faster the better with her.
 
“I was really happy with her performance,” Matz continued. “We think she’s very classy. It looked like she didn’t see (Modesty winner Walk Close) coming and then came back at her at the end. Hopefully the jockey will know her better this time and she’ll move forward and run another big race.”
 
Matz confirmed that jockey Florent Geroux will have the return call in the Beverly D.
 
BELGIAN BILL AND THE CORSICAN MILLION-BOUND AFTER GOODWOOD
 
Two contenders for the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million had their final preparations on Friday at Glorious Goodwood in England when Belgian Bill and The Corsican each finished second in races at the famous meeting. PJL, Byrne and Baker’s Belgian Bill, trained by George Baker, ran valiantly to finish three-quarters of a length astern So Beloved in the Betfred Mile, a handicap event previously known as The Golden Mile. At 20-1 on the market, the 7-year-old son of Exceed and Excel made his first start since March and defeated 16 foes to finish second.
 
The effort, according to the International Racing Bureau, was enough to give his connections the confidence that he can travel to America and race against its best turf horses in 15 days in the Million. Despite his prep being a mile, the British-bred Belgian Bill has ample experience going the 1¼ miles of the Million’s trip, including close third- and fourth-place finishes in tough handicaps at Meydan – an American-style, left-handed course – this winter in Dubai.
 
Earlier Friday afternoon, Mrs. Fitriani Hay’s The Corsican was a game second in the Group III Glorious Stakes going 1½ miles, also losing by three-quarters of a length. Sent to post as the 9-5 favorite, the David Simcock-trained son of Galileo lost to Dubday. The Corsican has long been aimed to the Million, especially since finishing a sharp fourth in the Group I Prince of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting on June 17 over the Million’s 10-furlong trip. In fact, that effort was his only loss in three attempts at the distance.
 
The International Racing Bureau confirmed after the race that the bay homebred will be pointed toward the Million on Aug. 15.
 

CURATIVE PRIVATELY PURCHASED, SENT TO MAKER
 
Willow Spring Stable’s impressive maiden-breaking filly Curative has been privately purchased since her July 11 victory at Arlington International Racecourse. The daughter of Scat Daddy quickly accelerated away from her foes in said win for trainer Greg Geier and immediately established herself as a filly to watch. Three weeks prior, on June 21, the chestnut charge was second on debut behind highly regarded Eoin Harty-trained filly Latte Da – a full-sister to Colonel John – when closing from 13 lengths back on a track that was noticeably speed-favoring.
 
Those efforts attracted the attention of Peter Bradley of Bradley Thoroughbreds and Curative was purchased for a private sum and turned over to Mike Maker.
 
“Her last race was visually very impressive,” Bradley said. “She ran two back-to-back races that looked great and was game with a good turn of foot. Her numbers weren’t very high and she will have to step it up against better horses, but I really liked the way she did it. She went to Mike Maker’s barn at Churchill Downs.”

CLASSIC-PLACED MR. OWEN AIMING FOR SECRETARIAT
 
Qatar Racing is looking to come to the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse with a team on Aug. 15. Already with Secret Gesture aiming to the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D., the powerful outfit now has French classic-placed Mr. Owen under serious consideration for the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes, according to the International Racing Bureau.
 
Third two starts back in the Group I $616,000 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) at Longchamp, the Francois Rohaut-trained son of Invincible Spirit failed to return to form last month at Chantilly in the Group I $446,000 Prix Jean Prat over the same one-mile trip. A two-time winner, the sixth-place finish was the bay colt’s first poor showing in five starts.
 
Mr. Owen is out of American-bred Grade and Group I winner Mrs. Lindsay. A daughter of Theatrical, she won the Group I Prix Vermeille at Longchamp and Grade I E. P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine as a 3-year-old and closed her abbreviated career with four wins in seven starts.
 
 
WORK TAB
 
Katie’s Eyes, arguably one of the best turf sprinters in the country of any sex, returned to the work tab for the first time since finishing second to the boys by a dwindling neck in the Grade II $200,000 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine in early July for trainer Mike Stidham and owners Ike and Dawn Thrash and Janet and Sam Alley. She worked four furlongs in :47.80.
 
Richard Otto’s homebred Alette returned to the tab for the first time since finishing last of 10 in the Grade III $150,000 Marushua’s River Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10. The Chris Block trainee had won the $75,000 Illini Princess Stakes one race prior to that and five other races in her 17-race career. She worked three furlongs in an easy :39.40.
 
Trainer Chris Block’s highly regarded No Fault of Mine continued her comeback when working five furlongs in 1:01.40 for owner Lothenbach Stables. Graded stakes placed in her second of only two starts, the daughter of Blame was last seen racing in that effort – the Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs onNov. 29.
 
Mellon Patch’s Private Prospect, third last out in the Grade III $250,000 Iowa Derby, worked five furlongs on the grass – a surface over which he has not raced – in 1:06 flat for trainer Mike Campbell.

Source: Arlington Park

 

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