Updated on 08/20/2014 8:38AM

Connections plan next move for Euro Charline

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The connections of Euro Charline, the winner Saturday of the Beverly D. Stakes, are planning the 3-year-old's next move.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The Beverly D. winner Euro Charline was scheduled to leave Arlington Park on Monday for Saratoga, where she will be trained by Todd Pletcher in what marks a noted departure from the recent norm for the filly’s owner, Team Valor International.

Euro Charline became the first 3-year-old to win the Beverly D. in the 25-year history of the Grade 1 race when she finished three-quarters of a length clear of Stephanie’s Kitten on Saturday at Arlington. Euro Charline had been trained in England by Marco Botti but will remain in America with Pletcher, who previously trained for Team Valor before the ownership syndicate went private several years ago with Graham Motion, then last year with Rick Mettee.

Team Valor president Barry Irwin said Sunday his private barn at the Fair Hill Ttraining Center in Maryland is up for sale and that he is in the process of dispersing Team Valor’s approximately 40 American runners throughout the country, with Pletcher and Dale Romans among his new trainers and Mettee planning to move to Southern California to continue to train a string for Team Valor. Horses also will go to Wayne Catalano, Tom Bush, and Ralph Nicks, said Irwin.

“I’ve just come to the realization that I’d rather be at the racetrack,” said Irwin. “Nothing against Rick – he’s still going to train for us. I’ve just always done better with our horses spread out.”

Euro Charline will be at Saratoga for a brief period before moving down to Pletcher’s main base at Belmont Park, where she will be prepped for the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Oct. 11 at Keeneland, said Irwin.

“I really want to win that race,” he said.

Irwin said regardless of the QE II results he doubted he would move to supplement Euro Charline to the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, which runs three weeks after the QE II.

Irwin noted Euro Charline raced without Lasix in the Beverly D., which marked her first race in America after six starts in England. Team Valor bought her privately following her second start in March.

“One as clean-winded and fit as her, you’re not giving up anything by not using it,” he said. “It seems when they come over here, they’re so much fitter than our horses.”

Irwin said Euro Charline “had been pretty unlucky” in prior starts.

“She’s always been better than she’s had a chance to show. She kept getting in trouble. Based on this win [Saturday], she might not just be a local horse. We might have to look at something like the Dubai Duty Free next spring or some other major races.”

Meanwhile, Stephanie’s Kitten, second as the lukewarm favorite in the Beverly D., likely will have one race leading up to the BC Filly and Mare Turf, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday after returning to Saratoga the previous night.

“She ran terrific, although she had another challenging trip,” said Brown. “To me she looked like she might’ve been best, although she couldn’t get through. But that’s turf racing. The exciting thing is she continues to move forward.”

Brown’s other Beverly D. runner, Alterite, faded to last of 11 as the 3-1 second choice after being very washy in the post parade.

“Obviously it was very disappointing,” he said. “She got very worked up in the paddock and washed out on the track, then had a wide trip without cover. We’ll just have to go back to the drawing board with her. She’s had two poor races this year after doing so well last year, so it’s up to me to see how we can get her back on track.”

The Pizza Man may get BC Turf shot

In the aftermath of the American St. Leger won by local standout The Pizza Man, owner-breeder Richard Papiese said he likely would supplement the horse to the Breeders’ Cup Turf, in addition to supplementing his other stable star, Work All Week, to the BC Sprint. Roger Brueggemann trains both 5-year-old geldings under Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds banner.

The Pizza Man got a perfect forward trip under Florent Geroux when stretching out to 1 11/16 miles in the St. Leger, winning by a length over the defending champion, Dandino.

N Lad 8 months ago
Go The Pizza Man! Great job Marco Botti with Euro Charline!
Pagani Zonda 8 months ago
Cudos to Barry for running her sans Lasix.
Thomas Rex 8 months ago
Pletcher with a distance turf horse. She'll either get injured from being overworked or fade into obscurity.
Pagani Zonda 8 months ago
The best filly won. Euro Charline should skip the QEII challenge cup and go run in England in the Fillies and Mares on Champions day.
Chad mc rory 8 months ago
She got really unlucky with this decision.
rahman Williams 8 months ago
Blame in on Baffert