While horses from four countries invade for Arlington Park for Saturday’s Grade 1 Beverly D., Marketing Mix will try to parlay her home field advantage to a victory for Glen Hill Farm.
Installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite, Marketing Mix has been based in Barn 1A on the Arlington Park backstretch for much of the summer.
The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is trained by Tom Proctor but has yet to make a start this season over the local turf course. The 4-year-old filly, who won last year’s Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington, captured the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes and the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine Race Course in her last two starts. Julien Leparoux, who won the 2006 edition of the turf test with the French-bred Gorella, has the mount Saturday.
A close 7-2 second choice in the early odds is Flaxman Holding’s Aruna. The Graham Motion-trained daughter of Mr. Greeley finished second to fellow Beverly D. contestant Mystical Star in the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park in June but beat that rival when taking the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay there the previous month. The multiple graded-stakes winning 4-year-old will team again with her regular rider Ramon Dominguez for the Beverly D.
The British-bred Joviality, who races for the 2010 Arlington Million-winning team of H. R. H. Princess Haya of Jordan, trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick, is highly regarded among the foreign contingent set for the Beverly D. Though a disappointing 10th in her last start, the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, she had been faring better earlier this season with a victory in the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes during the Royal Ascot meeting and a runner-up finish in the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes prior to that.
Andrew Stone’s Irish-bred I’m A Dreamer invades from Europe off a third-place finish in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland. Before that, the David Simcock-trained daughter of Noverre ran fourth in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at England’s Sandown Park and third in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York. Hayley Turner picks up the mount on the 5-year-old mare for the Beverly D.
Frank Calabrese’s Florida-bred Romacaca, winner of the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington on Million Preview Day July 14, would be the first horse to win the Modesty and the Beverly D. in the same year should she score a victory Saturday. The Danny Miller-trained daughter of Running Stag will have Arlington Park’s leading jockey, Francisco Torres, in the irons.
The Beverly D., which provides the winner an automatic starting position in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf as part of the “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, is one of three Grade 1 stakes races on the card that comprises Arlington’s International Festival of Racing. The others are the 30th running of the Arlington Million for older turf stars and the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-old grass runners of international caliber. New for the 2012 Festival is the inaugural edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger for marathon turf runners at a mile and eleven-sixteenths.
–Arlington Park Publicity contributed to this report
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