JockeyJohn R. Velazquez
TrainerChad C. Brown
OwnerPeter M. Brant
BreederEcurie Des Monceaux
DamStarlet's Sister (IRE)
Sistercharlie has proven her grit many times over, living up to her tough gal image yet again when she held off stablemate Fourstar Crook to capture the $600,000 Beverly D at Arlington Park August 11. The Irish-bred lass was well back during the early going of the mile and 3/16 turf stakes, before swinging four wide turning for home.
The Beverly D title earns Sistercharlie a berth in the gate for the Maker’s Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs. The victory was also trainer Chad Brown's third consecutive score in that stakes, and he also saddled the second and third-place finishers in the 2018 edition.
In her previous start, Sistercharlie put in a determined stretch run to post a neck victory in the Diana at Saratoga on opening weekend. One race earlier, she rallied from over 28 lengths back to just miss in the New York Stakes at Belmont June 8. Her season began with a victory in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley at Keeneland in April after being away from the races nine months.
Her determination comes as no surprise to Brown and owner Peter Brant. The now 4-year-old filly came down with pneumonia after finishing second by a neck in the Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes last July in her United States debut, which ended her sophomore season.
"Chad's done a great job with her. We almost lost her,” said Brant. “We both decided to give her time off, and Dr. (Gary) Priest in Kentucky treated her and did a great job with her, and we got her back."
A mere $13,500 purchase as a yearling at the Deauville October Yearling sale, she started her career racing for Mme. Jacques Cygler, with all of her early starts in France. After a win in the Prix Penelope last April, she was purchased by Brant, and ran second in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly before being shipped to the United States.
Of her illness and return to top form, "It was challenging," said Brown after the Diana victory. "She was pretty sick with a lung infection. Fortunately, we were able to overcome it with an excellent team of veterinarians. You needed patience, and Peter Brant is a veteran in this game. He understands patience. He's seen all aspects of it. We gave her all the time she needed and developed her along the way. This isn't her ideal distance, nor was the mile and a sixteenth in the Jenny Wiley. But just with sheer class, heart, and ability, she can do it."
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