Arlington Million

Race History

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Date/Track

Race

GradeDistanceFinishChartReplay

May 18, 2014 - Sin

Singapore Air International Cup

 1 1 1/4 Miles (T)2ChartReplay

April 27, 2014 - Lch

Prix Ganay 

11 5/16 Miles (T)4ChartReplay

April 6, 2014 - Lch

Prix d'Harcourt

21 1/4 Miles (T)1ChartReplay#mce_temp_url#

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Pascal Bary

Trainer

Pascal Bary was born April 4, 1953 in France.  He has been training since 1981, having previously worked as an assistant to Francois Boutin.  He is currently leading French trainer based in Chantilly.  Bary always wanted to be a trainer; he went to Newmarket, England in 1975 to work for Sir Mark Prescott. After only a year he headed back to France to work as assistant to the great Francois Boutin, where he stayed for four years.

Stephane Pasquier

Jockey

Stephane Pasquier was born on January 17, 1978 in Paris France. He began as an apprentice for trainer Robert Collet, and rode his debut race at Saint-Cloud on December 6, 1994 aboard Raspoutine. His first victory was in his second race, riding Floris at Amiens racecourse in September 1995. After that year it took another three years before he won his next race.

Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.

Owner

Flaxman Holdings is the name for the racing empire built by Stavros Niarchos. He passed away in April 15, 1996 and his daughter Maria Niarchos-Gouaze took over the famiy's racing business. Niarchos got involved with horse racing in the 1950s and made a quick impression as an owner by campaigning champion English juvenile Pipe of Peach. Niarchos earned top owner honors in France for 1983 and 1984.

Pedigree

Smoking Sun is by the outstanding sire Smart Strike, who is living up to his impeccable pedigree at stud. By Mr. Prospector and out of Canadian champion filly Classy 'n Smart, from a prolific family, Smart Strike is a half-brother to Hall of Famer Dance Smartly. He raced sparingly over two seasons, but notched a Grade 1 victory in the 1996 Philip H. Iselin at Monmouth.

Smart Strike has sired a wide variety of high-class runners, and newly-minted Hall of Famer Curlin tops the list. A two-time Horse of the Year, and the richest North American-based Thoroughbred with more than $10.5 million in the bank, Curlin landed the 2007 Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic, 2008 Dubai World Cup, and the 2007-08 editions of the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Smart Strike sired another Preakness winner in Lookin at Lucky (2010), an Eclipse Award winner in his division at both two and three. Smart Strike is also responsible for 2007 champion turf horse English Channel (himself the sire of American St Leger pre-entrant The Pizza Man); 2011 champion two-year-old filly My Miss Aurelia; a raft of Sovereign Award champions led by Canadian Horses of the Year Soaring Free (2004) and Never Retreat (2011); Grade 1-winning millionaire sprinter Fabulous Strike; and recent Belmont Oaks Invitational queen Minorette.

Smoking Sun boasts superb bloodlines on his dam's side, befitting a product of the Niarchos Family's Flaxman Holdings. He was produced by French stakes victress Burning Sunset, who earned a Group 2 placing when third in the 2001 Prix d'Harcourt. She is also the dam of Group 2-placed stakes scorer Zhiyi and Group 3-placed Ikat, herself the dam of recent United Nations winner Main Sequence.

Burning Sunset is by French champion Caerleon, the winner of the 1983 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) and Benson & Hedges Gold Cup (now known as the Juddmonte International). That beautifully-bred Nijinsky II stallion sired a host of highweights, including Generous, the 1991 Epsom/Irish Derby hero; 2002 Arc winner Marienbard; and 1992 Beverly D. vixen Kostroma. His Japanese champion daughter, Biwa Heidi, has emerged as a blue hen, with such offspring as 2010 Japanese Horse of the Year Buena Vista and 2011 Japanese champion juvenile filly Joie de Vivre.

Burning Sunset is a half-sister to five stakes performers, notably 2007 Epsom Oaks star Light Shift; two-time English highweight older mare Shiva, who defeated males in the 1999 Tattersalls Gold Cup; multiple French Group 2 scorer Limnos; and Grade 1-placed Hyades. They descend from French champion filly Northern Trick, successful in the 1984 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and Prix Vermeille.

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Starter Analysis

Dark bay comes off a fine second place finish in the Singapore Airlines International Cup in mid-May at this distance on firm ground when closing late from off the pace. Son of Smart Strike's biggest career win came earlier this year when he took the ten furlong Prix Harcourt at Longchamp earlier this year on good ground and, like Magician, five-year-old may be best suited by today's conditions. Colt was well beaten by Treve two starts back when fourth in the Prix Ganay and, while Treve was reportedly below-par when behind Magician at Ascot, a line through that one puts Smoking Sun a a few lengths inferior to the top choice. Trainer Pascal Bary has shipped runners to America successfully before having won two Breeders' Cup Miles and one Turf but, colt's closing run style may be slightly compromised by a likely moderate early pace. 

02 Smoking Sun 9-2