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Beverly D scouting report: Marypop

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August 11th, 2016

Marypop will be making her second stateside start for Mike Stidham in the Beverly D. (G1), but it’s instructive to take a look back at her French career.

Only the fourth stakes winner sired by the Sunday Silence stallion Layman, Marypop began to improve markedly after joining trainer Pia Brandt. She broke her maiden going about 1 1/2 miles at Clairefontaine last August, rallying strongly from well off the pace to win handsomely. Simultaneously taking a class hike and a cutback in distance for the about 1 5/16-mile Prix de Liancourt at Longchamp, she again closed stoutly as a 10-1 chance and just missed by a nose to pacesetter Moi Meme.

Marypop earned another step up in class for the about 12 1/2-furlong Prix de Royallieu (G2) on Arc weekend. After stalking on the inside, the 25-1 shot angled out to join the firing line in the straight and got outkicked in fourth. That was no disgrace, since the odds-on favorite, Candarliya, scored in record time.

 

Candarliya provides a direct form tie-in to Sea Calisi, since they had just finished together in second and third, respectively, behind Treve in the Prix Vermeille (G1). On this evidence, Marypop has a bit to find to bridge the gap to Sea Calisi. (As a further postscript, Candarliya readily defeated males in her latest in the July 14 Prix Maurice de Nieuil [G2]).

Marypop has continued her upward trajectory as a four-year-old this season. She resumed in the April 3 Prix Zarkava at Saint-Cloud, where she was accorded 2-1 favoritism and justified her status with an emphatic three-length decision. Placegetters Brandybend and Havana Moon haven’t gone on to flatter the form, however.

In her French finale in the April 28 Prix Allez France (G3), Marypop reached a new career high in workmanlike fashion. Runner-up Nymeria has since placed in a couple of German Group races and finished a creditable sixth versus males in the July 31 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (G1).

 

Having never raced at less than 1 1/4 miles in her life, and with her best form on softer ground, Marypop had questions to answer in her American premiere in the July 9 Modesty (G3). The slow early pace was all against her, since it turned the 1 3/16-mile prep into a sprint home – a race shape that suited the victorious Faufiler’s sparkling turn of foot. Marypop’s one-paced fifth wasn’t that much of a disappointment. She performed about as you’d expect.

Marypop now adds blinkers for the Beverly D. Although the equipment could help, the projected faster pace would be a more tangible benefit. She’d also prefer if the forecast rain comes down in buckets.

Photo courtesy Arlington stakes coordinator Michael Adolphson via Twitter

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