Arlington Million

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June 2, 2013 - Chy

Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby)

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May 25, 2013 - Cur

Irish 2000 Guineas

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Aug. 26, 2012 - Cur

Galileo EBF Futurity

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Andrew Oliver


Andy Oliver has been lucky enough to train Group horses out of his training establishment in Co.Tyrone and his most promising horse to date has to be First Cornerstone. 

Chris Hayes


Chris Hayes was born in Ireland in 1988, and was another Irish jockey to have graduated from the pony racing circuit where he rode 66 winners. He was apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast and rode his first winner aged sixteen on July 2nd 2004. He was champion Irish apprentice in 2005 and again in 2006. Since then as a jockey he has made steady strides, enjoying his best season in 2012 with 58winners, and has now ridden around 350 winners in his career to date.

Team Valor International


Barry Irwin gave up fiction writing in 1969 and left his native California to pursue a career in non-fiction as a staff writer for The Blood-Horse in Kentucky. In the next decade, Irwin spent a year in the bluegrass, went home to write for and later edit the Thoroughbred of California and pen the Southern California column syndicated in Daily Racing Form. He hosted a twice-weekly two-hour radio program, as well as a weekly, one-hour television show.


  • First Cornerstone on the Arlington main track Tues. morning. (Four Footed Fotos)

  • First Cornerstone on the Arlington main track Tues. morning. (Four Footed Fotos)

  • First Cornerstone on the Arlington main track Tues. morning. (Four Footed Fotos)


First Cornerstone was a 2-year-old who ran against some of the best of his generation in the Racing Post Trophy (the race which often decides the Epsom Derby ante-post favorite) - a race in which he proved his worth by finishing ahead of subsequent Irish Derby winner Trading Leather and just behind Group I horses Kingsbarns, Steeler and Van Der Neer.  

His sire Hurricane Run was a sharp winner of both the Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe during his sophomore year.  Yet to produce a standout as a stallion, Hurricane Run is by Montjeu, one of the premier sires in the world before his untimely demise in March 2012.  Montjeu's success is off the charts with sophomore grass runners, including four of the last nine Epsom and Irish Derby winners.

First Cornerstone's dam Bintalreef is a daughter of Champion English 2-Year-Old and influential stallion Diesis - sire of multiple European champions and 2010 Arlington Million winner Debussy - out of the winning Lear Fan mare Solar Star.  Lear Fan, a Group I-winning miler and excellent sire of turf stars - including champions Chopinina, Windsharp (dam of Johar) and Loup Solitaire - was a Roberto stallion out of a full sister to the dam of Alysheba.  

Through and through, this is a family full of classic turf influences, while leaning itself toward 10-12-furlong distances.  The pedigree also leans toward a colt who may appreciate a little give in the ground, as well.  Keep that in mind, just in case the ground comes up a little soft in the Secretariat Stakes.  


Analysis by Michael Adolphson  

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Starter Analysis

Chestnut showed promise when winning two races as a juvenile in Ireland including a Group Two over seven furlongs but has shown little in two starts this year, most recently when no factor in the French Derby in early June. Son of Hurricane Run is trained by Andrew Oliver and is from the always dangerous Team Valor stable and could be a possible danger if returning to his two-year-old form while receiving Lasix for the first time. 

04 First Cornerstone 8-1