In winning the $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) July 1, Citronnade barely broke a sweat. On Aug. 11, trainer Bobby Frankel will find out if his superb 4-year-old filly will finally be challenged, as she headlines a field of seven in the $750,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on the turf at Arlington Park.
A daughter of Lemon Drop Kid , Citronnade has won five consecutive races, four of them stakes. In the 1 1/4-mile Beverly Hills Handicap she carried a race-high 122 pounds but still won by two-and-a-half lengths while never being challenged. Overall, the Kentucky-bred has won eight of 11 lifetime races for Stronach Stables and has only been off the board once. After beginning her career on dirt, Citronnade’s last seven efforts have been on the turf. She won six of those.
Regular rider David Flores will be aboard in the Beverly D., which is run at 1 3/16-mile.
A 2-1 favorite, Citronnade’s main challenge is expected to come from Honey Ryder, a 6-year-old mare by Lasting Approval. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Honey Ryder (5-2) is also running well, having won the Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) May 26 at Belmont and then missing by a length July 7 in the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park. She has earned money in 24 of 31 career starts.
Unlike the front-running Citronnade, Honey Ryder is likely to come from well off the pace.
Other speed could come from Jennie R. (20-1), while foreigners Lahudood (GB), Irridescence (SAF) and Royal Highness (GER) all bring unknown challenges.
Trainer Patrick Biancone and jockey Julien Leparoux will team up to saddle another foreigner, French-bred Lady of Venice (9-2). The tandem won the Beverly D. last year with Gorella.