Immediately before the main event, the females took center stage in the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes. A field of 10 older fillies and mares contested this 1 3/16 mile trip over the Arlington turf course on Saturday, with Sheepshead Bay (G2) winner Aruna sent off as the 3-1 favorite off her second place finish in the New York Stakes (G2). In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Marketing Mix, winner of the Nassau (G2) and Dance Smartly (G2) at Woodbine, and 4-1 third choice Mystical Star, winner of the New York Stakes.
Aruna stumbled badly at the start and trailed immediately as 10-1 Romacaca and 13-1 Up dueled for the lead through fractionas of 23.67, 48.40, and 1:12.54 while stalked by 20-1 Upperline and 13-2 Joviality. Up gained the lead midstretch through 1 mile in 1:37.32 but tired soon after. 6-1 fourth choice I'm A Dreamer, 7th early, closed late and outfinished Marketing Mix to get the win by a head in 1:55.39 over good turf. It was another 3/4 lengths back to Joviality third, while favorite Aruna could not recover from the poor start, finishing last.
On to the 2012 Arlington Million and American St. Leger Stakes won by Little Mike and Jakkalberry.