Arlington Million

Race History

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Date/TrackRaceGradeDistanceFinishChartReplay

July 19, 2014 - WO

Nijinsky

21 1/8 Miles (T)1ChartReplay

May 17, 2014 - Pim

Dixie

21 1/16 Miles (T)6ChartReplay

April 5, 2014 - Kee

Allowance

 1 1/8 Miles (T)6ChartReplay

Connections

Malcolm Pierce

Trainer

Pierce was born on January 25, 1957 in Newtownards, Ireland and grew up in Newmarket, Ontario. His interest for horses emerged during his teenage years and worked for Sam-Son Farms trainer Jim Day in 1981.

Eurico Rosa da Silva

Jockey

Eurico Rosa da Silva was born June 29, 1975 in Buri, São Paulo, Brazil. He is based in Canada. Silva raced for five years in his native Brazil and another four years in Macau before coming to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A winner of seven hundred plus races, since coming to North America he has won more than one hundred and fifty races.

Sam-Son Farm

Owner

SAM-SON FARM has been involved in the Canadian Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding for four decades. The late Ernest L. Samuel began SAM-SON FARM in 1972, when Sam-Son Farm’s first trainer, Art Warner claimed “Takaring” at Fort Erie Racecourse. Takaring would become Sam-Son Farms’ first stakes winner and in 1975, Ernie Samuel purchased his first two yearlings at the Woodbine Sales. These two fillies, NO CLASS and LOUDRANGLE became the foundation of the Sam-Son Farm Broodmare band.

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Pedigree

Up With the Birds is a son of the Storm Cat stallion Stormy Atlantic. Although he won only two minor sprint stakes during his racing career, Stormy Atlantic has a rich genetic heritage. His dam, 1990 Santa Anita Oaks heroine Hail Atlantis, is by Seattle Slew and from the extended family of supersires Nureyev and Sadler's Wells. Stormy Atlantic has clearly tapped into that goldmine at stud. In addition to reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Up With the Birds, he has sired a pair of Sovereign Award-winning two-year-old males in Leonnatus Anteas (2006) and Maritimer (2011); $1.6 million-earner Get Stormy, a three-time Grade 1 winner on the U.S. turf; 2006 Hollywood Futurity victor Stormello; 2012 Nearctic scorer Next Question; and current graded stakes winners Stormy Lucy, Assateague and His Race to Win.

Up With the Birds is the first registered foal from the winning Song of the Lark, who has gotten off to a perfect start as a broodmare. Her second foal, the sophomore Speightsong, became a stakes winner in the May 17 Queenston.

Song of the Lark is herself a well-bred daughter of Seeking the Gold and Canadian champion Wilderness Song. Seeking the Gold won the 1988 Super Derby and Dwyer, and endured near-misses in that year's Haskell, Travers and Breeders' Cup Classic as well as in the 1989 Met Mile. The Phipps homebred son of Mr. Prospector more than made up for those tough beats by compiling an exceptional record as a stallion. His leading progeny include the late, great Dubai Millennium, who ran away with the 2000 Dubai World Cup; champion fillies Flanders and Heavenly Prize; 2005 Breeders' Cup Distaff romper Pleasant Home; 2006 Belmont scorer Jazil; and French highweight Seeking the Pearl. Among the top performers out of Seeking the Gold mares are champions Surfside (out of Flanders), Questing and Blame and turf stars Good Reward (out of Heavenly Prize), Riskaverse and Point of Entry.

Wilderness Song was enshrined in the Canadian Hall of Fame after a 37-race career that featured 10 stakes wins and a further 13 stakes placings. She scored her signature victory in the 1991 Spinster, and most prominent among her minor awards was her second in the 1991 Queen's Plate. The Sovereign Award winner as Canada's champion older mare of 1992, Wilderness Song comes from the family of 2002 Belmont upsetter Sarava. Both were sired by the winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic, Wild Again. 

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Starter Analysis

Son of 15% grass sire Stormy Atlantic won the Grade One Jamaica Handicap restricted to three-year-olds over nine furlongs at Belmont last year and comes off a four length win in the Grade Two Nijinsly Stakes at Woodbine in mid-July. Trainer Malcolm Pierce wins with 19% of his runners in graded stakes and has won with 25% of his starters since the beginning of the year and four-year-old can be trying to close late with Eurico Da Silva remaining aboard but bay will likely find this company on the tough side. 

05 Up With the Birds 6-1