Four-year old filly Sea Calisi was marvelous in capturing the 2016 Beverly D Stakes this past weekend. The trainee of Chad Brown, ridden by Florent Geroux, was pitch perfect on the turf track and earned entry to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. It was a giant win for owner Martin Schwartz as well.
Elusive Million was the surprise leader out of the gates, but at 97/1 it was only a matter of time before she faded in to obscurity. Pressuring her in second was Zipessa, a very promising 10/1 outside shot. Coolmore and Ballydore jockeyed for third and fourth at a nominal 5/1 mark in the Beverly D Stakes for much of the early phases.
Everything changed as the field burst around the final corner. Zipessa had made her move during the turn and overtaken the lead, but Sea Calisi began to erupt and found a gear that no other rival could match. Even more shockingly, Al’s Gal swept around the outside from dead last to finish second. The 2016 Beverly D Stakes is a must-see video (below) simply to witness the closing speed of Sea Calisi.
“They work well as a team,” Brown noted when speaking of Geroux and Sea Calisi. “We’re lucky to have Marty and lucky to have her.” The whole team was obviously ecstatic after watching such a thrilling race. It sets up the late-blooming four-year old to become an absolute killer in the mare category next year. Her connections know that she’s a truly special horse.
Martin Schwartz echoed this sentiment following the Beverly D Stakes win. “It’s a great race and great people. It’s a beautiful race track with a good surface. Other than being out in the parking lot to start (post 13)…but Florent came and we couldn’t be more overjoyed.”
With the victory at the 2016 Beverly D Stakes, Sea Calisi paid $4.20, $3.40, and $2.60 across the board. Al’s Gal was the cash cow of the day at $10.40 and $6.40 in second. Zipessa returned $7.20 in third place.