Ex-European horse Sea Calisi proved the class act as she swept late to land the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park this evening.
Fourteen fillies and mares lined up for this nine furlong, 110 yard contest with plenty of Trans-Atlantic challengers.
As the start Ballydoyle broke well with Tutti Paesi also well up and heading to the first turn it was Elusive Million who went on from Zipessa and Ballydoyle.
Elusive Million took the field down he back from Zipessa and Ballydoyle, with Coolmore close up in fourth.
Dramatically Elusive Million dropped quickly out of contention and heading to the top of the stretch it was Zipessa clear of Ballydoyle, with Sea Calisi storming down the outside.
The race changed quickly as Zipessa faded and Sea Calisi got to the front and comfortably held Al’s Gal to continue the irresistible form of Florent Geroux.
Zipessa’s bold effort saw her earn third place, ahead of Tutti Paesi, with the European horses out of luck.
Geroux told NBC: “I’m hoping to win the big one (Arlington Million), too!”
“Chad is one of the hottest trainers in North America and number one on turf.
“She’s a very nice filly, distance isn’t a problem, she could go even longer.
“We had the pacemaker today and it was just a question of pulling the trigger.”