Arlington has an outstanding card today that includes the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and the Arlington Million, but we’re most interested in the Beverly D, which goes as Race 10.
The favorite is likely #4 Dona Bruja (7-2), who has been very impressive winning stakes at Churchill and Arlington. However, she faces a much tougher field than anything she’s faced previously. #2 Prado’s Sweet Ride, who was the runner-up in the Modesty behind Dona Bruja, is a 30-1 longshot in this race.
Among some of the other horses that will take money…#9 Hawksmoor (9-2) is dressed up after setting very slow paces in both the Beaugay and the New York at Belmont. #10 Rain Goddess (5-1) is a 3-year old for Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore. This is a tougher spot against older horses and she was beaten by Con Te Partiro at Ascot, a listed-stakes type US horse for Wesley Ward. She is going to take money and this is a tougher spot. #1 Dacita (4-1) is probably the horse to beat. She’s had legitimate excuses in her two starts this year – the very soft ground in the Beaugay and the crawling pace in the New York. She might get some more pace here but she is reliant on a bit coming from so far back.
This brings us to #5 Grand Jete (6-1), our top selection for trainer Chad Brown. It was hard not to be impressed by her 4 1/2 length win in her US debut at Keeneland. She buried the field in the Eatontown at Monmouth, flying home to win. Then last time, in a Belmont allowance that was her prep for this race, she was bottled up at the top of the lane, and ran down Bar of Gold, a solid runner. This is a tougher field, obviously, but she’s up to the task.