Gainsborough Farm's Musical Chimes, a resounding winner of the John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) on Del Mar's opening weekend, has been installed the 2-1 morning line choice for Saturday's Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park.
The $750,000 race for fillies and mares is part of Arlington's popular International Festival of Racing that also includes the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds.
The 1 3/16th-miles Beverly D. will be broadcast on ABC on a program that airs from 4-6 p.m. EDT and also features the Million and Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) and Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) from Saratoga.
Musical Chimes drew post 4 for the Beverly D. and will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux, who was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame on Monday.
A 4-year-old daughter of In Excess
out of the Sadler's Wells mare Note Musicale, Musical Chimes won the French One Thousand Guineas (Fr-I) last year and ran third in the French Oaks (Fr-I) before being sent to the U.S. She placed in both the Matriarch and Yellow Ribbon Stakes (both gr. IT) to finish out the season. She is trained by Neil Drysdale.
Other strong contenders in the 11-horse field include another West Coast invader in the form of Noches de Rosa (5-1 on the morning line; post 3), Pin Oak Stable's Bedanken (8-1; post 8), and Commercante (5-2; post 10).
Commercante, a group III winner in France last year, made a sparkling U.S. debut May 29 at Belmont, winning a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance by 11 1/4 lengths under Jerry Bailey. Bobby Frankel trains the 4-year-old French-bred daughter of Marchand de Sable. She now races for Alain Falourd, Hubert Guy, and Robert Trussell.
Noches de Rosa has made a name for herself since being transferred to Richard Mandella's stable in 2002 after a stellar career in her native Chile. Winner of the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) earlier this year, the 6-year-old daughter of Stagecraft will be ridden by Mike Smith. Bred by Haras Don Alberto, she is now owned by Gerald Ford's Diamond A Racing Corp.
Bedanken steps up off a win in the Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington on Million Preview Day July 24. The homebred daughter of Geri--Danka, by Strawberry Road has won 11 of 16 career starts, 10 in stakes company and has earned $515,449.
A field of international runners isn't complete without runners from Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing and/or Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier. The Beverly D. has runners from both powerhouse stables. Godolphin sends out the South African-bred Crimson Palace while the Tabor/Magnier team will be represented by the 3-year-old Necklace, winner last year of the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) and the highweighted 2-year-old filly on the Irish Free Handicap.Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT), $750,000, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 1 3/16th miles, turf, Arlington Park, Saturday, Aug. 14, post time 3:37 p.m. CDT
PP--Horse, Jockey, ML
1--Riskaverse, Pat Day, 12-1
2--Aubonne, Edgar Prado, 30-1
3--Noches de Rosa, Mike Smith, 5-1
4--Musical Chimes, Kent Desormeaux, 2-1
5--Necklace, Jamie Spencer, 12-1
6--Shaconage, Brice Blanc, 15-1
7--Aud, Eusebio Razo Jr., 20-1
8--Bedanken, Don Pettinger, 8-1
9--Crimson Palace, Frankie Dettori, 15-1
10--Commercante, Jerry Bailey, 5-2
11--Quero Quero, Victor Espinoza, 20-1