Stacelita winning the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park
Stacelita winning the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park

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Arlington Park, Turf, 1900m

13 August 2011

David Thiselton
David Thiselton

David Thiselton

Gold CircleSouth African mare, River Jetez, added another US$45,673 (R328,238) to her career earnings after running a typically honest third in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes over 1900m at Arlington in the USA on Saturday. The Mike de Kock-trained eight-year-old Jet Master mare, who landed the J&B Met when trained by Mike Bass before embarking on her money spinning international career, has now earned a total of about R15,216,347.

River Jetez is owned by Cedric Amm and Marsh Shirtliff and was bred by Out Of Africa Stud. Christophe Soumillon piloted her from her draw of six where she jumped off as the second favourite at 39-10 behind the four times Group 1 winning five-year-old French mare, Stacelita, who started at 9-5.

Soumillon had River Jetez in about fifth place in the running, while a steady pace was set by Dubawi Heights, whose career in the UK in 2009 included being beaten over seven furlongs by the now Mike de Kock-trained South African-based Gibraltar Blue.

Stacelita sat in third place and quickened into the lead along the rail as they turned for home. Soumillon followed her and was unable to move out as Dubawi Heights was also running on well. River Jetez however didn’t have the pace to catch Stacelita who won by 1,25 lengths, and failed by only a head to catch Dubawi Heights. The rest of the field were 2,5 lengths behind River Jetez.

Stacelita, who is by the German sire Monsun, has now won five Group 1 races and is trained by Chad C Brown and was ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

Extract from Gold Circle