Sistercharlie takes Beverly D. for 5th straight Grade 1 score

August 10, 2019 06:12pm
Sistercharlie takes Beverly D. for 5th straight Grade 1 score
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Sistercharlie, America’s top turf female, is now a back-to-back Beverly D. champion.

The Chad Brown-trained Sistercharlie powered through in the stretch Saturday and drove away from seven others to win the Grade 1, $600,000 event for fillies and mares at Arlington Park.

Sistercharlie, an Irish-bred daughter of Myboycharlie, has now won five straight races, all in Grade 1 company.

That streak covers the 2018 and ’19 Diana Stakes at Saratoga, the 2018 and ’19 Beverly Ds and last November’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs.

"More of the same from her," Brown said. "She's been really consistent her whole career. ... She's a once-in-a-lifetime horse."

With her win Saturday, 5-year-old Sistercharlie clinched a berth into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, scheduled for Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

French-bred Thais, another Brown trainee, sprinted out to a huge early lead, setting fractions of :22.76, :46.23 and 1:09.66 for the 1 3/16-mile turf event.

Under jockey John Velazquez, Sistercharlie revved up in the turn and then drove by Thais to stop the clock in 1:52.43.

Owned by Peter Brant, Sistercharlie paid $2.80 to win.
Awesometank ran second for trainer William Haggas, while another Brown runner, Competitionofideas, came home third.



"When you decide to keep these horses in training another year, you're hoping they continue the same form, if not get a little better," Brown said. "For her, it's come true. She's getting better and stronger."

Sistercharlie is the third runner to clinch a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, joining Oh Susanna (Cartier Paddock Stakes, Kenilworth) and Gracia Divina (Gran Premio Pamplona, Hipódromo de Monterrico).

Six more Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf challenge series races remain: the Yorkshire Oaks (Aug. 22, York), Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (Sept. 14, Leopardstown), Rodeo Drive Stakes (Sept. 28, Santa Anita), First Lady Stakes (Oct. 5, Keeneland), The Flower Bowl (Oct. 6, Belmont Park) and the Prix de L'Opera Longines (Oct. 6, Paris Longchamp).

Brown said Sistercharlie will target the 1 1/4-mile, $500,000 Flower Bowl (G1) for her next start.

 

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