Saturday, August 17, 2013
Dank the best in Beverly D.
By Claire Novak
Dank, winner of the Kilboy Estate Stakes last time out July 21 at the Curragh, made it two in a row with a brilliant 4 ¼-length score in the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 17. Favored Marketing Mix was fourth.
The winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Dansilli, owned by James Wigan and trained by Sir Michael Stoute, gave jockey Ryan Moore his second victory on Arlington's International Festival of Racing card when she took the 1 3/16-mile event for fillies and mares in a final time of 1:53.38 on a turf course labeled "fast." Two races prior, Moore took the American St. Leger aboard Dandino [recap here].
Dank rated well in sixth under Moore behind a pace set by 31-1 shot La Tia, who got the quarter in :23.62 and the half in :48.16 with Solid Appeal and favorite Marketing Mix close behind. Those three went on ahead for three-quarters in 1:11.76 and a mile in 1:35.97 while Dank began her progression, swinging off the turn with a four-wide move.
From the head of the stretch to the wire, the bay filly closed with powerful strides and a strong late show of speed. She passed La Tia, who was gamely holding off the charge of Solid Appeal, then opened in the final sixteenth to win clear.
Gifted Girl got up for second by 1 ½ lengths over Asus, who passed Marketing Mix by a head to claim the place. La Tia, Solid Appeal, Duntle, Artemus Kitten, and Starformer completed the order of finish in the field of nine.
Dank returned $8.40, $5.60, and $4.20 at odds of 3-1, while 11-1 Gifted Girl paid $13.40 and $8.20. Asus brought $8 at 20-1.
Dank, bred in Great Britain by London Thoroughbred Services, improved her record to 6-2-1 from 11 starts. The Beverly D. was her first Grade 1 win.