Arlington Million

Race History

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Date/TrackRaceGradeDistanceFinishChartReplay

July 13, 2013 - Bel

Man o' War

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June 8, 2013 - Bel

Manhattan

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Connections

Dale Romans

Trainer

Dale Romans grew up on the Churchill Downs backstretch learning his trade from longtime trainer and father Jerry Romans. The Louisville, Ky native just missed winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby when Paddy O' Prado finished a game third. In 2011 he won his first Classic race when Shackleford captured the Preakness. He saddled Court Vision to an upset win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile in 2011 and captured the Breeders' Futurity with Dullahan.

Robby Albarado

Jockey

Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, Albarado like many other jockeys got his start at a very young age riding in races at the local “bush” tracks. He has won nearly 4,200 races in his career and was the regular rider of Horse of the Year Curlin, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby before going on to win many prestigious races like the Preakness Stakes, the Stephen Foster Handicap, the Woodward, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Dubai World Cup.

Donegal Racing

Owner

Donegal Racing is a partnership that was formed in 2008 and is managed by Jerry Crawford who has been involved in horse ownership for over 30 years. The name refers to the Irish county of origin of the Donegal family and the racing silks as well as the names of the partnership horses reflect the Irish heritage. The group campaigned Paddy O’Prado who won the 2010 Secretariat Stakes. 

Pedigree

Finnegans Wake's sire, Powerscourt, crossed the wire first in back-to-back runnings of the Arlington Million, only to be disqualified for causing interference in 2004. One year after his demotion to fourth, the Aidan O'Brien trainee gained compensation with an even more emphatic victory here in 2005, defeating Kitten's Joy (sire of Million rival Real Solution). Powerscourt also captured the 2003 Great Voltigeur at York and the 2004 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, and he placed in such major events as the Racing Post Trophy, Irish St Leger, Irish Champion, Prince of Wales's and Breeders' Cup Turf.

By Sadler's Wells, Powerscourt is a half-brother to Frankel's dam, Kind, as well as to current Ribblesdale heroine Riposte and Group 3 scorer Last Train. His best runners so far have come in South America, including Peruvian champions Lady Estefania, Mr. Dany and Tontona and multiple Chilean Group 1 hero El Farrero. His leading Northern Hemisphere representatives are Termagant, winner of the 2009 Moyglare Stud at the Curragh, and Court of the Realm, who landed the 2011 King Edward at Woodbine. Powerscourt was exported to Turkey in 2010.

Finnegans Wake was produced by Boat's Ghost, the runner-up in the 2006 Prairie Meadows Debutante. She is a daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Silver Ghost. Although not a stakes winner in his brief career, Silver Ghost showed talent when equaling the 6 1/2-furlong track record at Belmont Park, and compiled a solid record at stud. He sired Grade 1 winners Dreams Gallore, Love Lock and Lunar Spook along with millionaire Silver Goblin. Silver Ghost mares have foaled such classy performers as 2000 Hopeful hero Yonaguska, turf marathoner Silverfoot, Salute the Sarge, Chelokee, multiple Spanish champion and German highweight Silverside and $1.3 million purchase Darwin, the highly-regarded winner of the July 20 The Minstrel for O'Brien.

Finnegans Wake has few distinguished relatives in his immediate female line, the nearest being Grade 3 victor Chicago Six. Tracing a bit further, he comes from the extended family of South African champions Surfing Home and Badgers Coast along with Grade 1 winners Gay Style and Spit Curl. 

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Starter Analysis

Son of 2005 Million winner Powerscourt comes off a fourth place finish after an awkward start in the Man O War at Belmont in mid-July and has a record of 11-2-1-2 lifetime on grass. Four-year-old finished an excellent second in the Secretariat Stakes here last year when closing from far off the pace for trainer Dale Romans who wins with 15% of his runners in graded stakes and with 14% overall on grass. Colt has been working well and can be running late under Robby Albarado and chances improve if the early pace is overly fast. 

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