Beverly D. Victory sends Dacita to Breeders’ Cup
Saturday’s Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park was worth more than the $345,600 first place prize to the winner. A victory would secure a fees paid entry into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar. The ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Challenge race had some very strong contenders, and Dacita rallied in the deep stretch to overtake the favorite Dona Bruja and win the Beverly D. by a half-length. Grand Jete made a late rush to finish in a dead heat for 2nd after getting boxed in along the rail in the stretch. Rainha Da Bateria rallied from last in the stretch to finish fourth.
“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,” said Sheep Pond Partners’ Sol Kumin. “(She) 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 Breeders’ Cup being the goal.”
The victory was trainer Chad Brown’s fourth Beverly D. score and his third consecutive following Watsdachances in 2015 and Sea Calisi last year. Brown’s other two runners Grande Jete and Rainha Da Bateria both finished strong in 2nd and 4th to earn a nice payday as well.
Dacita, the 6-year-old Chilean-bred daughter of Scat Daddy, completed 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.49 over the firm turf. Dacita returned $15.80, $5.20 and $4.40 while the dead-heat runner-ups Dona Bruja ($2.40 and $2.80) and Grande Jete ($3.00 and $3.80) were strong in a close and exciting finish.
Dacita won her 10th race in 19 starts and for the first time in 2017. This was her second G1 victory since coming to the U.S. in 2015 from Chile, where she was a multiple G1 winner. She now boasts earnings of just under $1.4 million.