Chad Brown returns to Arlington International Racecourse in full force as he brings defending champion Sistercharlie(IRE), the always consistent Competitionofideas, and last year’s third place finisher Thais for the Grade I Beverly D. which will be run at 1 3/16-miles for fillies and mares over the Arlington turf course. The winner of the Beverly D, a “Win and You’re In”event, will receive an automatic berth into the starting gate of the Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita.
Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie(IRE) comes in having won five of her last six races, five of which have been the most competitive Grade I races in the country for the division including last year’s version of the Grade I Beverly D. which catapulted her to a neck victory in last year’s Grade I Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
In her most recent start, Sistercharlie(IRE) picked up where she left off as she powered home for a 1 3/4th-length victory in the Grade I Diana at Saratoga going 1 1/8th-miles on the Saratoga turf course in July. The Grade I Diana was her fourth straight victory and her only start thus far in 2019.
Sistercharlie(IRE) will look to make history on Saturday, as she attempts to become the first to win back to back running’s of the Grade I Beverly D. Regular rider John Velazquez will be aboard on Saturday. The pair will break from post 7, and she is listed as the 8/5 morning line favorite.
Klaravich Stables Competitionofideas is in search of her first trip to the winners circle in 2019 after having three consecutive second place finishes all by less than one length. Chad Brown brings her in off of a head-bobbing neck defeat last out in the Grade III Matchmaker at Monmouth which was run at 1 1/8th-miles over the turf in July. The daughter of Speighstown does own one career Grade I victory thus far in her ten race career after her win in the 2018 Grade I American Oaks at Santa Anita where she overwhelmed a field of seven others that day and powered home for a 2 3/4th length victory. Her career record stands at 10-3-4-2 up to this point, with over $500,000 in career earnings.
She will break from post 3 Saturday, will be ridden by Javier Castellano, and is listed at 6-1 on the morning line.
Aidan O’Brien will send Fleeting to post as the 5-2 morning line second choice. Owned by Mrs.John Magnier and Michael B Tabor, Fleeting exits the Grade I Kerrygold Irish Oaks at Curragh(IRE) which was run at 1 ½-miles on July 20th where she finished second beaten half of a length. She has yet to find the winners circle so far in 2019, but the daughter Zoffany(IRE) has put in three consecutive solid efforts. The Beverly D. will be her first U.S. appearance. The Aiden O’Brien 3-year-old filly will be guided by Ryan Moore, and will break from post 1.
O’Brien also enters Magic Wand(IRE), who is cross entered in the Grade I Arlington Million and is still undecided.
Magic Wand(IRE) began her 2019 campaign with a solid second place effort behind Bricks and Mortar, who will be the heavy favorite in the Arlington Million, in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. After a third place finish in the Grade I Man’O War at Belmont Park, the daughter of Galileo(IRE) put in two consecutive second place finishes in June when she was runner up in both the Wolferton Stakes, and the Grade I Juddmonte Pretty Polly at Curragh(IRE).
Magic Wand(IRE) will be looking for her first win of 2019, and will look to improve her already impressive $1.7 million dollar career purse earnings. She will be ridden by Wayne Lordan, will break from post 6, and is 3-1 morning line.
William J. Haggas brings Awesometank Saturday for her first North American start as well. Owned by Lee Yuk Lun, Awesometank started her 2019 campaign with a win in the Conqueror Stakes at Goodwood(GB) in May. She followed up her victory with a solid second place finish in the Grade III Investec Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom(GB). After an uncharacteristic seventh place finish last out, the daughter of Intense Focus will look to get back on track and secure her first Grade I victory on Saturday in the Beverly D.
She will be ridden by Florent Geroux, will break from post 2, and is listed at 8-1 on the morning line.
Carol Hammersmith’s Oh So Terrible will look to take the step forward .as she returns off a disappointing effort last out in the Grade III Modesty Handicap. Trained by local trainer Bradley Ross, she will be ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr. and will break from post 4.
Remember Daisy will look to give jockey Mitchell Murill his first career Grade I victory. Owned by Al and Bill Ulwelling, and trained by Gary Scherer, Remember Daisy exits a formidable fourth place finish in the Grade III Modesty Handicap. She will break from post 5 on Saturday.
Rounding out the Beverly D. field will be Thais. Peter Brant’s daughter of Rio De La Piata ran third in this race last year behind Sistercharlie(IRE), and will look to improve upon her recent sixth place finish in the Grade I Diana at Saratoga in July. She will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., and will break from post 8.
The Grade I $600,000 Beverly D. is carded as the ninth race of the Saturday twelve, with an expected post time of 4:53 PM CDT.