08/13/2004 11:00PM

Crimson Palace enjoys trip

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Well-traveled Crimson Palace, and Frankie Dettori, win the Beverly D.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Calling Crimson Palace a successful world traveler may be gross understatement. Getting a beautiful trip under Frankie Dettori, Crimson Palace won on her fourth different continent Saturday, scoring an upset at nearly 10-1 in the 15th running of the Grade 1 at Arlington Park.

Crimson Palace, a South Africa-bred mare who was acquired privately during the winter by Godolphin, prevailed by a half-length over Riskaverse, an 8-1 shot who led a pack of closers. Necklace, a 25-1 shot, finished a head back in third, while Musical Chimes, the 2-1 favorite in a field of 11 fillies and mares, was another neck back in fourth.

By winning the $750,000 Beverly D. in her North American debut, Crimson Palace adds to her already worldly record, having previously won in Africa, Europe, and Asia.

"She has everything," said winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "She shows how tough she is."

Crimson Palace, a 5-year-old mare by Elliodor, returned $21.80 after finishing 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.58 over a firm turf course. The $2 exacta paid $216.40 and the $2 trifecta paid $4,286.40.

Musical Chimes and Aubonne contested the lead through the opening six furlongs of the Beverly D., although neither was in a hurry when establishing fractions of 24.83, 49.89, and 1:15.48. Crimson Palace, always in the clear when tracking those leaders from an outside position, finally overtook them leaving the eighth pole, then temporarily drew off to an open lead before holding the late runners safe.

Dettori, who wowed the Arlington crowd with his familiar flying dismount, said afterward that he was happy that Crimson Palace was able to reverse a poor showing in her last start at Ascot in June.

"The team got her back together," said Dettori. "It's great to get her back where she was."

Bin Suroor said the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf is a logical long-term goal for Crimson Palace, who now has won seven of 11 career starts. The $450,000 winner's share was more than double her previous earnings of $213,278.

The victory was the first in the Beverly D. for a European shipper since Timarida won in 1996.

In earlier action Saturday:

* Questionable Past ($11.40), ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr., went from first to last in a 3 1/4-length win over four other 3-year-old fillies in the $52,200 Smart Deb Stakes at six furlongs.

* Nebraska Moon ($10) won the $52,600 Forward Pass Stakes for owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Jodie Sinclair, holding off longshot Caiman. The win was the fourth in a row for Nebraska Moon, who ran the seven furlongs in 1:24.51 over a fast main track.