Peter Brant's champion turf mare Sistercharlie became the first repeat winner of the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington this Saturday, dominating her rivals by three lengths on the line. The 5-year-old Myboycharlie mare has won both of her starts this season, and in the process earned a return trip to defend her title the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf this fall at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Chad Brown, the 2-5 favorite completed 1 3/16 miles over the firm turf in a new course-record time of 1:52.43.
“I wasn't worried at all [about Thais],” Velazquez said. “I was a little worried about the fillies from Europe. We had one in front and one behind me, but I had all the confidence in the world in [Sistercharlie]. She always takes care of business.”
“She's the horse of a lifetime,” Brown said.
Also trained by Brown, Thais left the starting gate on fire and strode away to lead by at least seven lengths in the early stages of the Beverly D. Awesometank was all alone in second, with another five lengths back to Oh So Terrible and Remember Daisy down the backstretch. Sistercharlie tracked her other stablemate, Competitionofideas, from sixth position in the early going, more than a dozen lengths behind the pacesetter.
Thais rattled off fractions of :22.76 and :46.23, then hit six furlongs in 1:09.66 while still maintaining a five-length advantage over the rest of the field. Sistercharlie had started to make her move entering the far turn, however, and was quickly closing the gap on Awesometank and her stablemate Thais.
Entering the stretch, Sistercharlie hit top gear efficiently and made running down the leaders look easy. She cruised under the wire a winner by three lengths, defeating Awesometank at the line. Competitionofideas finished third, and Fleeting was fourth.
Bred in Ireland by Ecurie Des Monceaux, Sistercharlie is out of the Galileo mare Starlet's Sister. She was Group 1-placed in France before being purchased privately and brought to the U.S. in 2017, when she immediately ran second in the G1 Belmont Oaks. After nine months away from the racetrack, Sistercharlie returned to win the G1 Jenny Wiley to kick off her nearly undefeated season in 2019. Her only loss came in the G2 New York, but she rounded out her bid for the year-end championship with a resounding win in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. After her winter break, Sistercharlie returned to win the G1 Diana at Saratoga last month, and the Beverly D. repeat improves her overall record to nine wins from 13 starts for earnings of over $3 million.
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