ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – Multiple graded stakes winner Dacita added to her resume when she took the Grade 1, $600,000 Beverly D. on Saturday.
Settling off the pace for most of the race under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Dacita sat patiently in eighth of a ten-horse field while Zipessa sat early fractions of :23.84, :49.34, and 1:14.81.
Swinging four-wide through the top of the stretch, Dacita unleashed a huge burst down the stretch and was able to get up in time to capture the 1 3/16-mile race 1:55.49.
“First, I want to thank the owner for giving me the opportunity,” said Ortiz, Jr. “I got a perfect trip, I got the one hole and broke out of there and got close; I didn’t want to be too far. I saved all the ground and she was there for me.”
It was a dead heat for second between Dona Bruja and Grand Jete, with each finishing behind a 1/2-length behind the Chad Brown-trained Dacita. Rainha Da Bateria, Kitten’s Roar, Sarandia, Hawksmoor, Rain Goddess, Zipessa, and Prado’s Sweet Ride completed the order of finish.
“We were waiting for waiting for her to be right and praying for some firm ground, and we got it today and got super lucky,” said Sol Kumin, representing the winning ownership of Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds. “This filly is something special. The way she finished, we knew she had it in her. Thanks to Mr. Brown. We’ll have to regroup and talk to Chad, with the Breeder’s Cup being the goal.
Dacita returned $15.80 to win, $5.20 to place, and $4.40 to show. Dona Bruja brought back $2.40 to place and $2.80 to show, while Grand Jete paid $3 to place and $3.80 to show.