Notes & Quotes from the G1 Beverly D: Sistercharlie

(Sistercharlie won the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland in 2018 / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Sistercharlie has never really taken a back seat to anyone. Even some of her more notorious stablemates — like Bricks and Mortar. And, a case can be certainly made that she made a lot of noise from the driver’s seat on Saturday.

On Saturday, Sistercharlie won the G1 Beverly D at Arlington Park, alright.

But she did it in a course record time for the 13/16-mile test.

She did it to become the first two-time winner of the prestigious Stakes event.

And, she did it so easily — winning by more than 3 lengths.


Owner Peter Brant — Sistercharlie (1st):

“It’s such an honor.”

When asked what is next for the amazing race horse:

“I don’t know. We’d like to go to the Flower Bowl and then the Breeders’ Cup.”

“I’d like to run against Enable,” he said. “It would be great for the sport.”

But don’t expect her to ship overseas. Any matchup would seemingly come in the Breeders’ Cup.

Trainer Chad Brown — Sistercharlie:

“She’s the horse of a lifetime, really, one of the best I’ve ever trained. I think she’s headed to the Hall of Fame sometime.”

“She can run well anywhere, but she sure does love Arlington,” said Brown.

“Mr. D. (Arlington Chairman Emeritus Richard L. Duchossois) said to me the other day that if I’d stay here, he’d pay me in real estate.”

Jockey John Velazquez — Sistercharlie:

“I was very confident,” Velazquez said. “The horse to beat [Fleeting] I thought was behind me, and I was a little more patient. At the three-eighths pole, normally I start passing there. I made sure she went on, and she did it right away.”

Jockey Florent Geroux — Awesometank (2nd):

“I’m like, [Sistercharlie] is too far behind, I don’t think she’s going to catch me,” Geroux said. “Then, boom, three jumps and she’s past me.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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