08/17/2013 5:55PM

Beverly D.: Great Britain's Dank blows by leaders in stretch

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Dank used an explosive move in the upper stretch to win the Beverly D under jockey Ryan Moore.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – A filly named Dank ran the race of her life Saturday in blowing away her rivals Saturday in the 24th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Beverly D. at Arlington Park.

Ridden by Ryan Moore for the legendary British trainer Michael Stoute, Dank remained several lengths off the pace before unleashing a breathtaking stretch run, winning by 4 1/4 lengths over another European filly, Gifted Girl. She returned $8.40 as second choice.

The winning time for the 1 3/16-mile distance over a very firm course was 1:53.38, which approaches the stakes record denoted as 1:53 1/5 when set in 1990 by Reluctant Guest.

Ausus was up late to be third, while Marketing Mix, the 11-10 favorite, was all-out to hold fourth in the field of nine fillies and mares.

Winning owner James Wigan was on hand to enjoy Dank’s dominance.

“She has such a great turn of foot,” said Wigan. “Obviously she has improved over the last year.”

The victory was the first in a Grade 1 or Group 1 for Dank, a 4-year-old British-bred daughter of Dansili, and gives her a berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf under the BC Win and You're In program. She now has won 6 of 11 lifetime starts, with her prior start resulting in a win in a Group 2 event at The Curragh in Ireland last month. Her earnings were nearly tripled and now stand at $685,021.

“When she ran at The Curragh last time, she really impressed me,” said Moore, who only an hour earlier was the winning jockey aboard another English horse by Dansili, the 6-year-old Dandino in the $400,000 American St. Leger. “I had every confidence in her today. I thought she was coming into this in unbelievable shape.”

Gifted Girl, an 11-1 shot, rallied from well back under Thomas Queally to be second by 1 1/2 lengths over Ausus (20-1).

“She ran well, but obviously she wasn’t going to beat the winner,” said Queally.

The first two finishers were both getting the bleeder medication Lasix when making their U.S. debuts.

As expected, La Tia set the fractions, going in 23.62, 48.16, and 1:11.76, with Solid Appeal and Marketing Mix giving closest pursuit in a cleanly run race. Approaching the quarter pole, Solid Appeal drew virtually even with the front-runner while Marketing Mix tried to make headway. All that went for naught, however, when Dank went sailing past on the far outside, giving England its second straight win in the Arlington filly-mare showcase. I’m a Dreamer won last year for Hayley Turner and David Simcock.

Clearly the disappointment of the race was Marketing Mix, ridden by Gary Stevens.

“She was a little keen early and was pulling pretty good,” said Stevens. “She didn’t relax for me like she normally does. Normally she gives me a feeling of confidence into the far turn, but I didn’t have that today. I knew then it was going to be difficult.”

After Marketing Mix, the order was La Tia, Solid Appeal, Duntle, Artemus Kitten, and Starformer.

The $2 exacta (4-5) paid $88.60; the $1 trifecta (4-5-9) returned $447.80; and the 10-cent superfecta (4-5-9-6) was worth $158.97.