A Raving Beauty found herself right at home May 12 on the Belmont Park lawn and aced her United States debut in the $200,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3T).
Trainer Chad Brown brought the 5-year-old Mastercraftsman mare ready to fire in the 1 1/16-mile test, although she last raced Oct. 29 with a runner-up finish in the Premio Lydia Tesio (G1) in Rome. With Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons, A Raving Beauty sprang out to a stalking spot behind frontrunner Team of Teams, who went an opening quarter in :25.62 with a two-length advantage and clocked a half-mile in :49.87 with a one-length lead.
“I got a perfect trip,” Ortiz said. “She broke great. She put (us) in a great position. I just waited there, covered up, and followed the speed. When I took her out, she just exploded. She’s got a big turn of foot.”