USA: Chicago double for Moore on Euro and Adelaide


Ryan Moore drives Euro Charline to victory in the Beverly D Stakes

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Arlington Park: Beverly D. Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1½f, turf, 3yo+ f/m

RYAN MOORE played a starring role with a Grade 1 double on Euro Charline and Adelaide as European horses struck gold on the Arlington Million undercard.

Team Valor’s Euro Charline, 11-1 winner of the Beverly D., was completing a high-profile transatlantic double for her trainer Marco Botti, who saddled Seismos to win the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury on Saturday afternoon.

With a prize fund of $750,000 on offer, Euro Charline’s Chicago success was rather the more lucrative of the pair as the daughter of Myboycharlie became the first three-year-old filly to win this prestigious contest.

Moore, who won last year’s Beverly D on Dank, was seen to excellent effect on 1,000 Guineas fifth Euro Charline, winner of a Listed race at Ascot three weeks ago and running with Lasix at Arlington. Sitting in mid-division on the fence, he shifted off the rail in upper stretch before swinging out wide and claiming the race by three-quarters of a length over fast-finishing Stephanie’s Kitten. Charlie Hills-trained Just The Judge was a neck back in third.

“She travelled real sweet and kicked on nicely like a good filly would,” said Moore, before adding, with typical understatement. “It’s been a good day, not so bad so far.”

Team Valor principal Barry Irwin credited Botti for the success. “The trainer talked me into running here,” he said.

“He’s been bugging me a month and I finally gave in. He thought she’d get the trip, but I wasn’t sure because three-year-olds normally don’t do as well in this race, and this filly is nuts. What really convinced me was getting a direct flight here.”

Not that Botti is likely to be seeing much more of the winner, however. “She’ll stay here with Todd Pletcher,” said Irwin.

Frankie Dettori was a victim of circumstances on the favourite Stephanie’s Kitten, a confirmed hold-up performer who missed the kick and then trailed the field throughout. As a result she had to weave through traffic in the stretch before finishing rapidly.

Dettori was in no mood to mince his words. “I had a shit trip,” he said. “She was slow at the beginning. She walked out, I couldn’t keep my position, then I’m screwed, then I’m in jail without a key.

“I weaved my way through but the winner got a dream run for free on me and it’s over. Bye bye. I warmed her up good, but age is telling now and the young ones are more spring chickens.”

Trainer Chad Brown said the defeat was “frustrating”. He explained: “I think she was best again. It’s two races in a row she’s had unfortunate trips, but that’s racing. We’ll just keep going with her. I’m happy to see that she’s back in top form, though.”

Just The Judge’s jockey Jamie Spencer said: “She’s a very European-style runner and it took her a while to find her best stride. I believe she’ll do better with a stronger straight on a more European-style track.”

The race was a Breeders’ Cup challenge event, guaranteeing Euro Charline an expenses-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly Mare Turf.


Adelaide drifts across the track but still wins the Secretariat Stakes

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Arlington Park: Secretariat Stakes (Grade 1) 1m2f, turf, 3yo

BALLYDOYLE may have been thwarted when Magician was beaten in the Arlington Million but they had struck earlier in the card when a determined Adelaide (Aidan O’Brien/Ryan Moore) outclassed his rivals in the Secretariat Stakes.

Runner-up in both the King Edward VII Stakes and Belmont Derby Invitational, Adelaide was sent off 11-10 favourite for this $500,000 contest.

Although Adelaide’s main opponent Tourist was handed an easy lead, the son of Galileo challenged three wide on the turn and looked sure to clear away from his rivals before drifting right-handed in the final furlong.

Moore was at his strongest on Adelaide who, despite his meanderings, was much the best as he scored by a length and a half over Tourist. He has never been worse than second in six starts.

“He’s the best horse in the race going into it so just thought we would keep it simple,” said Moore. “The horse on the lead was getting a bit of a soft lead but Adelaide just had more class than the field and got the job done. He’s tough – he’s run in France, Ireland, England, America and America again and he seems to thrive on it.”

Now owned in partnership by the Coolmore team with Australian interests, Adelaide is now likely to be sent to down under to contest the Cox Plate, Australasia’s premier weight-for-age contest.

Adelaide’s stable companion Belisarius was a non-runner after coughing.


The Pizza Man runs on too strongly for Dandino in the American St Leger

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Arlington Park: American St Leger (Listed) 1m5½f, turf, 3yo+

THE post came just too soon for strong-finishing Dandino as he attempted to repeat last year’s victory in this $400,000 contest, where the Marco Botti veteran was thwarted by local Chicago star The Pizza Man (Roger Brueggemann/Florent Geroux).

Sent off a 5.3-1 chance, the Illinois-bred stalked front-running Big Kick before taking over entering the far turn and establishing a good lead before tiring in the final furlong, where last year’s winner Dandino was closing hand over fist. The line came just in time for The Pizza Man, who held on by a length to complete a five-timer.

Dandino’s jockey Frankie Dettori had no excuses. “I had the perfect race,” he said. “Turning in I thought we would win, but he [The Pizza Man] never stopped. Dandino ran really hard to the line. He’s coming back to form now.”

British-trained horses also took third and fourth courtesy of Havana Beat and Moment In Time, who had a troubled passage.

Havana Beat’s jockey Joel Rosario said: “It looked like they were going pretty good up front, and I thought they’d slow down and come back to us a little more, so I made my move, but the top two were best today, I say. My horse ran good, though. He responded when I asked and he kept going, but the horses in front kept going too.”

Ballydoyle’s Eye Of The Storm faded in the closing stages before finishing fifth.

Frankie Dettori was among the winners on the Arlington undercard when he partnered even-money favourite Luck Of The Kitten (Wesley Ward) to win a two-year-old turf maiden.


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