When people think of Arlington Park, they think of its longtime owner, Richard L. Duchossois, known to many as “Mr. D”. Even though his role has lessened in recent years, there are still reminders. On mornings before race days, a pre-race show is aired from Mr. D’s sports bar. It’s his declaration of “Quit? Hell no!” that is on the first floor, made days after fire engulfted Arlington Park and before the ‘85 Million, a combination of tragedy and triumph that have enriched Arlington Million Day.
It may be Mr. D’s track, but it is his late wife, Beverly, that serves as this race’s namesake.
Mr. D won the race three years ago with Eclair de Lune, his mare present on a winners’ roll call that reads off with stars like Flawlessly (HOFer), Hatoof (who has a stakes on the Million Day undercard named for her), and Eclipse champions like Possibly Perfect and Stacelita.
WGN television will air the race locally in the Chicago area, and WGNAmerica will air the race nationally. The program is set to air from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, central time.
Arlington International -- Race 9 -- G1 Beverly D. Stakes -- 1 3/16 miles on turf -- post time 5:02 PM CT
Once more unto the breach with MARKETING MIX, who beat the boys last time going twelve furlongs in the G3 Sunset at Hollywood Park after annexing the Gamely. She's got an affinity for Arlington turf: a win at age three in the G3 Pucker Up and second in this race last year, beaten by a narrow margin. With the turf expected to be good or firm, she'll get her conditions. Second in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last year at today's ten panel distance to close out her 2012 season. DANK and DUNTLE are a pair of European runners of regard with nearly equal speed figures that fill out the last two spots in this profile and could be used interchangably on tickets, one for the other. DANK has four wins and seven money finishes in nine starts and enters off a win in a G2 in Ireland, and a loss to DUNTLE two back during Royal Ascot. DUNTLE has five wins and seven money finishes in nine starts and beat DANK two back during Royal Ascot and chased around Elusive Kate last time in France. If you're looking for a separator, look to the skies: Edge on the dry firm ground goes from this corner to DANK (all money finishes on good or good-to-firm in the past year and a half) whereas if it suddenly rains and the course goes yielding or soft, DUNTLE has the trump card as she has two wins and a second on non-firm ground. With firmer ground expected, we'll put DUNTLE under DANK.
#6 MARKETING MIX (2/1)
#4 DANK (7/2)
#2 DUNTLE (3/1)
Longshot: MARKETING MIX may have a good record at Arlington, but she's also a horse-four-course based on her work at Woodbine. A Woodbine shipper that could overlooked with MARKETING MIX and the Europeans is #3 SOLID APPEAL (10/1), who won a pair of G2s in Canada in her last two starts over the Woodbine turf that's similar to Arlington grass. Acquires Rosario for this Grade One, which is a bonus as well. The questionable fields in her last few starts and the big names above will help this one maintain her price.