Beverly D. Deep Field Part of Huge Arlington International Festival of Racing Card
The $600,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1) looks like a superb lineup of 10 fillies and mares, and a great betting race Saturday at Arlington Park. The 1 3/16 mile turf race goes right in front of the Arlington Million on the biggest day in Illinois racing. The Arlington International Festival of Racing is the flagship event of the year, and a total of six stakes races including three Grade 1’s includes the Beverly D. The deepest and most competitive race of the day looks like the lead-in to the featured Arlington Million, which also boasts a stacked field. Both the Beverly D. and Arlington Million are ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races with the Beverly D. winner advancing to the Filly & Mare Turf, and the Arlington Million moving on to the Longines Turf at Del Mar Nov. 4.
Fifteen of the last 16 winners of the Beverly D. were bred outside of the United States. When a U.S.-based filly has prevailed, they’ve been trained by Chad Brown. This year’s 28th edition of the Beverly D. has three horses running for Brown. British-bred Grande Jete (6-1) is 3-for-3 since being transferred to Brown’s barn. She won all three of those races from off the pace including her last at Belmont Park when she flew home in the final five-sixteenths of a mile in :28.31 seconds.
The speed up front is expected to be the contender #9 Hawksmoor (IRE), who is 9-2 and enters off a pair of wire-to-wire graded stakes wins at Belmont for trainer Arnaud Delacour.
Rainha Da Bateria (6-1) is another Brown runner who might get a piece, but one of the favorites is the 4-1 second-choice #1 Dacita (CHI), who breaks from the rail for Brown with top jock Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons.
But if you’re betting on a budget, then you have to draw the line somewhere and leave some of these horses out in a deep and competitive field. So we will include Dona Bruja (ARG), who is the lukewarm favorite at 7-2 and making her 3rd start in the U.S. for trainer Ignacio Correas IV. Ignacio is enamored with this fine filly, saying Don Bruja is the best horse he’s ever trained. This Argentina-bred is one special mare, and after winning her Arlington prep race easily last time out, we think she’s talented enough against this tougher group to use her tactical speed to stay within range and kick home with her strong turn of foot when asked to run late.
Finally, we have to take a shot with #10 Rain Goddess (IRE), at a price of 5-1 for top trainer Aiden O’Brien. She’s been keeping classy company against stronger Group 1 European horses and some of the best turf runners in the world. As a 3-year-old, Rain Goddess will carry six pounds less than her older rivals, and top jock Ryan Moore can give her a shot and we’ll include her in our budget bets of less than $50 going for a trifecta score.
$5 win and place on #4 Dona Bruja ($10)
$2 win and place on #5 Grande Jete ($4)
$1 exacta key 4, 5 with 1, 4, 5, 9, 10 ($8)
.50 trifecta key 4, 5 with 1, 4, 5, 9, 10 with 1, 4, 6, 9, 10 ($24)
Post time for the Beverly D. Stakes is 5:35 pm local Central standard time followed minutes by the Arlington Million at 6:19 pm. The Beverly D and the Arlington Million will be part of a live telecast on NBC Sports Network, running from 5:30pm-6:30pm CDT. Horse Racing Radio Network will stream a broadcast of the Arlington Million and the undercard stakes from 4:30pm-6:30pm CDT, which will stream on its website and on Sirius 93.