Beverly D. scouting report: Lacy
German shipper Lacy brings a fantastic pedigree and some sneaky form into her biggest career test.
A slow-starting fourth in last year’s German Oaks (G1) on rain-softened ground, the Waldemar Hickst filly has turned in her best efforts on a good surface. She rallied from last to force her head in front in the T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis (G3) at Baden-Baden, showing admirable tenacity in the final yards:
Lacy made her first international raid in the Premio Lydia Tesio (G1) at Rome’s Capannelle, where she may be considered unlucky to lose in the photo. Trapped in a pocket, she bravely tried to muscle through, but found the door slammed in her face. She regrouped fearlessly and altered course to the inside, but could not quite get past Final Score:
Final Score had also captured the 2014 Italian Oaks (G2) and was fifth, beaten two lengths, in the Ribblesdale (G2) at Royal Ascot, won by next-out Irish Oaks (G1) winner Bracelet. The Lydia Tesio third, Calyxa, had also finished third versus males in Group 1s at both Munich and Milan.
Fourth-placer Mayhem, the favorite, was coming off a near-miss in the Prix de Royallieu (G2) on Arc weekend. This season, Mayhem has won the Prix Allez France (G3) over Sparkling Beam (who ran in last year’s Beverly D.) and finished third to Treve and Group 1 winner We Are in the Prix Corrida (G2).
Lacy reappeared in the April 5 Preis des Gestut Rottgen at Berlin’s Hoppegarten, and got the job done under confident handling as the 4-5 favorite:
Sent to Chantilly for the April 27 Prix Allez France and dispatched as the 5-2 favorite, Lacy never looked happy. She was rank early, tossing her head at the rear, and trailed home last. Note that the course was unsuitably soft. As a measure of how subpar her effort was, Lacy had beaten the winner, Mayhem, at Rome last fall. She hasn’t been seen since.
Needless to say, this is a tough comeback spot. And for a filly who’s spent most of her career at 1 1/4 miles or beyond, this trip is slightly shorter than ideal. The best North American opportunity for her would probably be Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor (G1), so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Beverly D. is a stepping stone to that goal.
Also worth mentioning is the heat factor. Lacy was initially set for the July 26 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (G1) versus males. Hickst told GaloppOnline.de that he decided to swerve it because of “the sultry hot weather, which is often even more extreme in Munich -- you do not like that” (thanks, Google Translate!).
Lacy hails from a noble family responsible for a flood of German classic winners and champions. By Authorized, she’s out of a half-sister to German Derby (G1) hero Lavirco, with the likes of Lomitas, Lirung and Lady Marian among her relatives.