Alex G. Campbell Jr.'s star-mare MEAN MARY has been absolutely impressive in G2 & G3 races, but is without a G1 score. She was a neck shy of notching her first Grade 1 win in last year's Diana Stakes at Saratoga. Tomorrow she could potentially earn her signature victory, as she takes on six others in the $400K Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington Park.
The Beverly D is a one mile and three-sixteenth race over the turf, for Fillies and Mares, three-year-olds and upward. A field of seven are set to line up and race at the Post Time of 1:25 PM CT. Let's look at the field and review a few competitors.
BRAMBLE QUEEN: 15-1
MEAN MARY: 9-5
JOY EPIFORA: 8-1
SANTA BARBARA: 2-1
NAVAL LAUGHTER: 9-2
OH SO TERRIBLE: 30-1
MEAN MARY with odds of 9-5 breaks from the two hole for trainer Graham Motion. The daughter of SCAT DADDY makes her Arlington Park debut with regular Luis Saez aboard. On paper, she's almost certain to go straight for the lead or at least contest for it. She's 2 for 3 at the distance, though hasn't raced for more than two months. Nevertheless she has been training consistently these past weeks, not skipping a beat.
SANTA BARBARA from the four hole was an impressive winner last time out in the Belmont Oaks (G1) for trainer Aiden O'Brien. Prior to that, she ran a superb second in a ten furlong, European G1 event featuring older, graded stakes rivals. The daughter of CAMELOT will race Saturday with Lasix for the first time, and has been assigned 2-1 morning-line odds. Regular Ryan Moore is aboard.
LEMISTA from the six hole for trainer Chad Brown is an interesting competitor at odds of 5-1. She'll be ridden by Del Mar's leading rider Flavien Prat as she seeks to rebound off her headscratching eighth-place finish in the Diana Stakes (G1) last time out. She was favored $3.85-to-win that day, but had "no response", according to the race result commentary. Still, there is talent here. She was second in the Beaugay (G3) two back, and was a G2 and G3 winner last year in Europe before arriving at Chad Brown's stable. She, too, will be running with Lasix for the first time, as she tries to regain her winning form.
Breaking from the fifth slot is NAVAL LAUGHTER for trainer Christopher Davis at odds of 9-2. Did you know she broke her maiden by nineteen lengths? That was roughly two months ago and she followed that up with a second place finish in an Optional Claiming 20k spot, and then a win against tougher in the Modesty (G3), which was contested at this this same track, surface, and 1 3/16 mile distance. Sophie Doyle is back on the saddle.