Daughter of Scat Daddy, the Chilean-bred Dacita crossed the finish line in the $600,000 Beverly D. Stakes (G1T) in first on the back of a strong drive in the stretch run. She defeated a tough field of ten fillies and mares for the win, with Dona Bruja and Grand Jete rounding out the top-three.
Zipessa led early in the 1 3/16-mile race, while Dacita staked from the back of the pack. Then she made a wide closing push to zip past Dona Bruja and Grand Jete to win by a half-length. It was the six-year-old’s second U.S. top-level win, and for trainer Chad Brown, it was his fourth overall and third straight Beverly D. Stakes victory. He won with Sea Calisi last year and Watsdachances two years prior.
“We were waiting for waiting for her to be right and praying for some firm ground and we got it today and got super lucky,” said Sol Kumin of Sheep Pond Partners. “(She) is something special. The way she finished, we knew she had it in her. Thanks to Mr. Brown. We’ll have to regroup and talk to Chad with the Breeders’ Cup being the goal.”
The Beverly D. Stakes is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In Race”, which means Dacita has earned an automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T) this year. The race will be held on November 4th and Del Mar. At 6-1 odds, Dacita returned $15.80, $5.20, and $4.40 for the win. She now sports a 10-4-1 record and has earned nearly $1.4 million.