Dacita (CHI) gives Chad Brown fourth Beverly D at Arlington
In what has become a familiar sight, trainer Chad Brown captured the 28th running of the Grade I US$600,000 Beverly D. at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday with Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Dacita (CHI) to secure a fourth victory in the 1 3/16 miles turf stakes, and his third in consecutive years.
Under the guidance of jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., the 6-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy settled off the pace through early fractions of 23.84, 49.34 and 1:14.81 while Dom Felipe’s Ignacio Correas-trainee Dona Bruja (ARG), a length in front of Dacita from the break, made her way closer to the pace up the backstretch under rider Declan Cannon. Reaching the leaders in the stretch, Dona Bruja flattened too much to hold off the charging Dacita, but had enough gas left to stay up for the place photo.
Dacita and Joel Rosario, picture Grant Courtney - paomaphotography.com.au
Brown’s second of three entries, Juddmonte Farm’s Grand Jete (GB) was settled in front of the pair early in the running along the rail, but struggled to find running room as they crossed the mile marker in 1:38.11 with rider Joel Rosario. Ortiz, Jr. angled Dacita outside on the turn and rallied strongly towards the wire to win by half-length in a time of 1:55.49. Grand Jete switched to the outside to race up to Dona Bruja, hitting the wire in unison with the betting-favorite to trigger a dead-heat for second.
“She didn’t start as good as she normally does,” said Cannon. “She dragged me around for six furlongs and did a little more than [usual]. In the stretch she gave me a little kick, but it wasn’t what she normally can do. I think she tired herself out fighting me.”
“I was trying to save ground,” said Rosario. “Turning for home I had to wait a little bit longer than I wanted but she ran good.”
With the winner’s purse of $345,600 Dacita brought her career earnings to $1,398,369 with 10 wins in 19 starts. She paid $15.80, $5.20 and $4.40. Dona Bruja returned $2.40 and $2.80 while Grand Jete returned $3 and $3.80.
“We were waiting for her to be right and praying for some firm ground and we got it today and got super lucky,” said owner Sol Kumin. “This filly is something special, the way she finished we knew she had it in her. Thanks to Mr. Brown. We’ll have to regroup and talk to Chad with the Breeder’s Cup being the goal.”
“First I want to thank the owner for giving me the opportunity,” said Ortiz, Jr. “I got a perfect trip, I got the one hole and broke out of there and got close. I didn’t want to be too far [off]. I saved all the ground and she was there for me.”
Chad Brown won the Beverly D. in 2016 with Martin Schwartz’ Sea Calisi and in 2015 with Michael Kisber, Bradley Thoroughbreds and Nelson McMakin’s Watsdachances. Brown also teamed up with Schwartz to win the 2011 Beverly D. with Stacelita. With the victory, Brown surpassed Christophe Clement as the trainer with the most wins in the history of the stakes.
What the jockeys said:
Irad Ortiz, Jr. (jockey, Dacita, 1st): “First I want to thank the owner for giving me the opportunity. I got a perfect trip, I got the one hole and broke out of there and got close I didn’t want to be too far. I saved all the ground and she was there for me.”
Sol Kumin (owner, Dacita, 1st): “We were waiting for waiting for her to be right and praying for some firm ground and we got it today and got super lucky. This filly is something special, the way she finished we knew she had it in her. Thanks to Mr. Brown. We’ll have to regroup and talk to Chad with the Breeder’s Cup being the goal.”
Declan Cannon (jockey, Dona Bruja, Dead Heat 2nd): “She didn’t start as good as she normally does, she dragged me around for six furlongs and did a little more than she normally does. In the stretch she gave me a little kick, but it wasn’t what she normally can do but I think she tired herself out fighting me.”
Joel Rosario (jockey, Grand Jete, Dead Heat 2nd): “I was trying to save ground. Turning for home I had to wait a little bit longer than I wanted but she ran good.”
Jose Ortiz (jockey, Rainha Da Bateria, 4th): She broke good and we wound up in the back. I couldn’t go anywhere and I didn’t want to be too wide. I had to take a pretty good hold of her by the turn and a horse was coming out on me.
Florent Geroux (jockey, Kitten’s Roar, 5th): “It was a pretty good trip just stalking the leaders. I tried to follow the winner when she made her move on the outside and just couldn’t keep up.”
Andrasch Starke (jockey, Sarandia, 6th): “She didn’t jump very fast, she needed a furlong to just find herself and then I was second-last until the straight. She finished not bad.”
Julien Leparoux (jockey, Hawksmoor, 7th): “She broke slow and stumbled a little bit, after that she was just doing a little bit too much early on.
Frankie Dettori (jockey, Zipessa, 9th): “I made the lead, but I think ten furlongs is too long for her, she should go back to nine. She’s very honest.”
Jose Valdivia, Jr. (jockey, Prado’s Sweet Ride, 10th): “Dream trip, but when they pushed to the metal they just left her there. I’m proud of her, beautiful trip – just not good enough.”
Postulation and Jorge Vargas Jnr, picture Grant Courtney - paomaphotography.com.au
Also on Saturday Runnymede Racing’s Postulation impressed onlookers with a 2¼-length triumph in the Grade III $250,000 American St. Leger over 1 11/16-miles.
Stalking comfortably in third early in the field of eight, the son of Harlan’s Holiday forged to the front with a half-mile remaining and kicked on stoutly through the lane under Jorge Vargas, Jr. Trained by Edward Graham, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred made his conditioner a perfect 2-for-2 at the International Festival of Racing following the 2014 Grade I Arlington Million victory of Hardest Core, who also raced for Runnymede’s Bentley family.
Crewman set the early fractions under Florent Geroux before quickly folding after nine furlongs, setting fractions of 25.19, 49.58, 1:13.82 and a mile in 1:40.96. Applicator, stalking under Jose Valdivia, Jr., ducked out abruptly at the five-eighths pole during the second lap, at which time Postulation took control of the race and proceeded to prove too powerful for his rivals. Kicking home after 1¼ miles in 2:07.65, Postulation gave his pilot his richest career victory and first graded stakes in a final time of 2:49.45.
The well-fancied Mike Maker-trained duo of Michael Hui’s 5-2 second choice Taghleeb and Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s 9-5 favorite Keystoneforvictory filled out the top three under Jose Ortiz and Julien Leparoux, respectively, while separated by 1½ lengths. It was another 4¾ lengths back to Tobias and jockey James Graham in fourth. Bullards Alley, who checked when Applicator bolted, was 3¼ lengths behind him in fifth under Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sent to post as the 5-1 fifth choice, Postulation returned $12.40, $6.60 and $3.80. Taghleeb returned $4.20 and $2.60, while Keystoneforvictory paid $2.40 to show.
The victory was Postulation’s second stakes win in a row following a tally in last month’s $50,000 Cape Henlopen at Delaware Park, the same race Hardest Core used en route to Million glory. The win was his fifth lifetime from 16 starts, with the $147,000 first-place prize more than doubling his career bankroll to $293,769.
“I wanted to relax him. That was the plan, since it was such a long race, but he wanted to be on the pace,” Vargas said. “When I asked him, he just took off. I am very happy and the horse ran great.”
“When you watch his race at Delaware Park, (jockey) Alex (Cintron) said he couldn’t even pull him up and that the outrider had to pull him up,” Graham added. “I didn’t think there was a (stamina) question and I thought he would get it done. I don’t know, I guess this is just luck here (at Arlington).”
“I had a good trip, very clean,” Jose Ortiz said. “At the three-quarter pole I had to check a little bit, and wait for (Keystoneforvictory) to go forward.”
“We had a good trip,” Leparoux said. “We sat behind really good. From the three-quarter pole to the wire, we were in the clear and he ran good. He was trying.”
“I had a beautiful trip,” James Graham said. “Nothing went wrong. He just wasn’t good enough today.”