Sistercharlie, the 5-year-old Irish-bred daughter of Myboycharlie, made history in the $600,000 Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park on Saturday. Peter Brant’s horse became the first two-time and repeat winner of the race, and she also set the track-record time.
The Beverly D. was a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event. By winning the race, Sistercharlie received an automatic berth in the Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf that will take place at Santa Anita Park in November.
Sistercharlie broke from post 7 with Hall of Famer jockey John Velazquez. She was the high favorite at 2/5 betting odds. At the start of the race, Sistercharlie stayed in the rear, her normal routine. Thais took the lead early and started to separate herself from the pack. Thais, with jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., had opening fractions of :22.76, :46.23, 1:09.66, and 1:34.55 through the first mile.
As the field moved through the far turn, the rest of the horses started to catch up to Thais. Sistercharlie began to move down the backstretch until she was in a position to challenge the lead.
When they reached the top of the stretch, Thais was a few lengths in front of Awesometank, who was sitting in the second spot for most of the race. Sistercharlie moved forward, and Velazquez eventually pushed her past Awesometank and Thais to finish the race first.
Sistercharlie finished the 1 3/16-mile race over the firm turf course with a time of 1:52.43, a new course-record time. The previous record was held by Bandua, who finished the Arlington Handicap (G3) on July 13 with a time of 1:53.16.
Awesometank finished second ahead of Competitionofideas, and Fleeting made a push to pass Thais for fourth. The order was finished by Remember Daisy and Oh So Terrible.
Magic Wand was a scratch. She skipped this race for the Arlington Million Stakes (G1), where she finished second.
“I wasn’t worried at all (about Thais’ big early lead),” Velazquez said. “I was a little worried about the fillies from Europe. We had one in front and one behind me, but I had all the confidence in the world in (Sistercharlie). She always takes care of business.”
The Beverly D. was Sistercharlie’s second win of the year, and it was her fifth win in a row. All of those races were Grade 1 Level, and they included her win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1). The Chad Brown-trained horse has a career record of 13-9-3-0, and her earnings now sit at $3,207,003.
What’s Next for Sistercharlie
Owner Peter Brant talked about where he thinks Sistercharlie could go next.
“I don’t know. We’d like to go to the Flower Bowl and then the Breeders’ Cup,” he said.
He also said that Sistercharlie will not be traveling overseas to race, so the only chance for Sistercharlie to race against an outside horse will have to be in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T) on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. Enable won that race in 2018, but it is unclear whether the horse will make a second trip to the United States.
“I’d like to run against Enable,” Brant said, “It would be great for the sport.”