Beverly D. continues to be bonanza for Schwartz
BY TINA AKOURIS firstname.lastname@example.org August 13, 2011 8:18PM
Updated: October 19, 2011 3:03AM
Martin Schwartz has gone through at least 12 trainers in 11 years. But he might finally have found the right one in Chad Brown.
“Unlike most businessmen who come into the horse business, I listen to my advisers,” Schwartz said. “And when they fail, they leave.”
Schwartz’s horse Stacelita won the $750,000 Beverly D. Grade I stakes race at Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing Saturday. The victory earned her a trip to the the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf race in November at Churchill Downs.
“I was overwhelmed with emotion today,” said Schwartz, who has owned the French-bred Stacelita outright since December. “After it rained I was confident, except we had to wait for the race to be won.”
Stacelita, a 3-1 favorite, beat Dubawi Heights by 11/4 lengths and paid $5.60 to win in the 1 3/16 mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Dubawi Heights was second, River Jetez was third and Fantasia finished fourth.
Schwartz won the Beverly D. for a record third time as an owner. His horse Gorella won in 2005 and Angara won in 2005. He heaped credit for his third victory on Brown.
“He’s Ivy League educated, he’s extraordinarily humble and he’s as hungry as I am,” Schwartz said.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez won the Beverly D. less than an hour before racing in the Arlington Million, in which he finished second on Gio Ponti.
“I had an absolutely wonderful trip,” Dominguez said. “I was able to sit right off the leader. Turning for home, once I found a seam on the rail I had to go for it and she reached for it.”
In the $400,000 Grade I Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds, European horses Treasure Beach (Great Britian) and Ziyarid (Ireland) finished 1-2. Treasure Beach won by a neck in the 11/4-mile turf race and paid $5.
Banned finished third and Wilcox Inn was fourth.
Treasure Beach was a 2-1 favorite and Ziyarid went off at 10-1. Treasure Beach was sired by Galileo, an Irish-bred horse, who also sired Million winner Cape Blanco.