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Pure Clan leads top contenders

Updated: August 7, 2009, 5:35 PM ET
By Marty McGee | Daily Racing Form

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Not that the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes isn't a terrific race. It is. But an objective look at what directly precedes and follows the Beverly D. on the American stakes schedule says quite a bit about its ever-evolving stature within the filly-mare turf division.

"You've got the Diana at Saratoga the weekend before, and the [John C.] Mabee at Del Mar the weekend after," said locally based trainer Mike Stidham, who will saddle Tizaqueena as a fringe contender Saturday ...

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