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Rainbow View Favored in Wide Open Edition of the Grade I Beverly D.
Augustin Stable's Rainbow View, who looks to rebound from an uncharacteristic fourth-place finish in the Grade III Modesty Handicap here last month, has been pegged as the tepid 4-1 morning line favorite in a wide open field of 10 turf favoring fillies and mares entered for Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park.
The $750,000 race, sister race to the Grade I Arlington Million, will be run at a distance of a mile and three-sixteenths on turf. In addition to its lucrative purse, the Beverly D. offers the winner an automatic starting position in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf under the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" format, with the winner of each of the Challenge races automatically qualifying for the corresponding divisional race in the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held at Churchill Downs Nov. 5-6.
A daughter of the prolific turf sire Dynaformer, Rainbow View is a seven-time winner in 15 starts over grass in four countries spanning two continents. Trained by Jonathan Sheppard since the beginning of this season, the 4-year-old filly sports a victory in the Grade III Gallorette at Pimlico in May to go along with the fourth in the Modesty and a third-place run in the Grade II Nassau Stakes at Woodbine Race Course near Toronto in June.
As a 3-year-old trained by John Gosden last year, she won the Group I Matron Stakes at Ireland's Leopardstown before being sent to North America where she ran second in the Grade I E. P. Taylor at Woodbine and then finished fifth in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita Park.
Rainbow View drew post 5 for the Beverly D. and will once again team up with Eclipse Award winning jockey Julien Leparoux, who captured the 2006 Beverly D. aboard Gorella.
Listed as the 9-2 second choice in the morning line, Juddmonte Farms' Treat Gently comes into the Beverly D. off back-to-back scores in the Grade II Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park May 22 and the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap at Delaware Park July 17. The 5-year-old daughter of Cape Cross, who will start from post 9, is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott and ridden by Hall of Fame reinsman Kent Desormeaux, who teamed to win last year's Beverly D. with Dynaforce.
Éclair de Lune, runner-up in the Modesty in her last start, could give Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois a victory in the race named in memory of his late wife. The Ron McAnally-trained daughter of Marchand de Sable has shown improvement in each of her starts since being sent to North America before the start of this season. The third choice in the early odds at 5-1, the 4-year-old filly will employ the services of Arlington Park's leading rider Junior Alvarado and start from post 6.
Also pegged at 5-1 in the morning line is Three Chimneys Racing and Lordship Stud's Ave. The English-bred daughter of Danehill Dancer is winless this year but has been competitive in all three of her starts in 2010. The Roger Attfield-trained 4-year-old ran third, beaten only a half-length by Rainbow View, in the Gallorette before finishing third in the Grade II New York Stakes at Belmont Park in June. In her last start, she was second beaten only a nose in the Grade II Dance Smartly at Woodbine July 18. Ramon Dominguez has the mount aboard Ave, who drew post 10.
Nelson McMakin's Hot Cha Cha, third in the Modesty last time out, burst upon the scene last September as a 3-year-old when she won the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes over this course. The daughter of Cactus Ridge went on to capture the Grade I Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Keeneland last October and more recently scored a ¾-length victory in the Grade III Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs. The Philip Sims trainee, listed as 6-1 in the morning line, drew post 2 and will again team with her regular rider James Graham.
Helen C. Alexander's Acoma, a David Carroll-trained daughter of Empire Maker, looks to rebound off a fourth-place finish as the favorite in the Grade III Locust Grove at Churchill Downs on July 3. A winner of four of seven turf starts, she drew post 3, will be ridden by Jesus Castanon and has been installed at odds of 8-1.
Team Valor International & Green Lantern Stables' Gypsy's Warning, a South African-bred daughter of Mogok, won the Grade III Eatontown at Monmouth Park in May but ran fifth in her most recent start, the Dance Smartly. Leaving from post 4, the Graham Motion-trained mare will be ridden by European-based jockey William Buick and is listed at 10-1 in the morning line.
Two European invaders - Michael Deegan's Pachattack and Marquesa de Moratalla's Biased - are part of the line up for this year's Beverly D.
A daughter of Pulpit, Pachattack has raced exclusively in Great Britain and comes to the Beverly D. off back-to-back tallies in the listed EBF Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle on June 24 and the EBF Chalice Stakes at Newbury on Aug. 1. The 4-year-old filly, listed at 8-1, will be ridden by Kieren Fallon and will start from the rail.
Biased, an English-bred daughter of Haafhd, has spent her entire career in France where she has compiled a record of three wins from 12 starts with her most recent victory coming at Longchamp in July. In her last start, the Mikel Delzangles-trained 4-year-old finished third in the listed Prix de la Pepiniere at Maisons-Laffitte. Leaving from post 7 at early odds of 20-1, Biased will be ridden by Gregory Benoist.
Completing the field for the Beverly D. is Frank Calabrese's Romacaca. The locally based daughter of Running Stag returns to her home course after posting a five-length victory in the $75,000 Firecracker Stakes at Mountaineer park in West Virginia. The 4-year-old Nick Canani-trained filly is four for five over the Arlington turf course but has never traversed the mile and three-sixteenths distance of the Beverly D. Listed at 20-1 in the morning line, she will be ridden Saturday by Michael Baze.