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The ninth and final race on Saturday’s card at Arlington International Racecourse was cancelled due to severe weather.
Wimborne Farm’s Kasaqui (ARG) proved much the best for trainer Ignacio Correas, IV as he won the 81st running of the Grade III $125,000 Arlington Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse on July 9 and punched his ticket to the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million. The 6-year-old son of Lasting Approval sat just off the leaders through the opening six furlongs, was guided outside on the turn by jockey Robby Albarado then made the lead entering the stretch and cleared the field under mild urging to win by 1¼ lengths in a final time of 1:55.62 for the 1 3/16 miles on the turf.
L. T. B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing’s One Mean Man improved upon his second-place finish in last month’s Grade III Arlington Classic when storming from off the pace to capture Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 American Derby for 3-year-olds as part of Million Preview Day at Arlington International Racecourse.
All eyes at Arlington International Racecourse were on Flaxman Holdings’ homebred Faufiler as she won the 60th running of the Grade III $125,000 Modesty Handicap on July 9. The Graham Motion trainee sat a patient trip under Arlington’s leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. in the opening stages, was able to split foes in the stretch and then overtake the front runners in the final furlong to win by 1¼ lengths.
While longshot Chip Leader had the wire all to himself the first time past the finish in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Stars and Stripes at Arlington International Racecourse, it was Michael Hui’s Greengrassofyoming whose nose landed on the wire first when it mattered in a thrilling four-horse photo finish on Million Preview Day.
The 81st running of Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Arlington Handicap drew a field of 12 for the 1 3/16-miles turf event as part of Million Preview Day at Arlington International Racecourse. The top three finishers from the Arlington Handicap earn a guaranteed spot, with entry and starting fees waived, in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million on Aug. 13.
A field of ten passed the entry box for Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade III $100,000 Stars and Stripes as part of a nine-race Million Preview Day card at Arlington International Racecourse. The 1½-miles turf event offers the top three finishers a free roll into the Grade III American St. Leger on Arlington Million Day Aug. 13 with both entry and starting fees waived.
The 102nd running of the Grade III $125,000 American Derby drew a field of 11 3-year-olds for the 1 1/8 miles turf event to be run at Arlington International Racecourse on July 9. The top three finishers in the race will earn an automatic entry into the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 13 with entry and starter fees waived.
The 60th running of Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse drew a field of eight fillies and mares to contest the 1 3/16 miles on the turf. The top three finishers will earn an automatic berth into the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. on August 13 with entry and starting fees waived.
Rags Racing Stable’s multiple graded-stakes winner Sarah Sis proved her affinity for Arlington International Racecourse’s main track during her juvenile season was no fluke when capturing the 27th running of the Grade III $100,000 Chicago Handicap Saturday at Arlington. The Ingrid Mason-trained daughter of Sharp Humor broke on top under rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. and led the nine-horse field through fractions of 23.55, 46.92 and 1:10.87 while receiving pressure from eventual second-place finisher Kathballu and jockey Chris Emigh.
Don and Joe Cochonour’s Stormin Elle was the upset winner of the $53,800 Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. Jose Valdivia, Jr., who picked up the mount on the Wayne Catalano trainee, settled the 6-year-old daughter of Stormello a length behind pacesetter Cabana through opening fractions of 24.72, 49.39, and 1:13.68, then took the lead after a mile in 1:37.19 to finish up the 1 1/16 miles in a final time of 1:43.05 on the firm turf course. Feel The Thunder et al.’s Michele Boyce trainee Lovely Loyree pressed the winner throughout but could only get within a length at the wire for second. Aimee Bohlman’s Smiling Gambler was a half-length back in third for trainer Anthony Mitchell.
Feel the Thunder Stable et al.’s 5-year-old Cactus Ridge mare Lovely Loyree will have the target on her back for the first time in recent races as she headlines a field of eight Illinois-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $50,000 Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse. Previously known as the Lincoln Heritage Handicap, it was renamed in 2015 for Daily Herald sports writer Mike Spellman, who passed unexpectedly on Jan. 20, 2015. A regular in the press box, he covered Arlington and the Blackhawks and was immensely respected by colleagues and horsemen.
Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man is set for a summer campaign that will likely include a prep at Arlington International Racecourse for his return to the Grade I Arlington Million. The 2015 Million winner made his most recent start in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on February 6 following his win in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup last November at Del Mar. After his fifth place finish at Gulfstream, the Illinois-bred was sent to his owner’s farm in Florida for some time off.
The 19th running of the $53,000 Addison Cammack Stakes went to Doubledown Stables’ Recount for the second year in a row at Arlington International Racecourse. Bred by Barney and Anne Gallagher and trained by James DiVito, the graded stakes-winning son of Limehouse broke sharply under the confident handling of Carlos Montalvo, saved ground along the rail, then came head-to-head on the turn with Chris Block-trainee Sweet Luca before finding another gear and pulling away to win by two lengths over a fast-closing Shanghai Red. Sweet Luca, winner of the Addison Cammack in 2013 & 2014, was a neck back in third.
The $50,000 Addison Cammack Handicap drew a field of eight for its 19th running at Arlington International Racecourse Saturday. Doubledown Stable’s 2015 winner Recount tops the field of Illinois-registered horses going six furlongs on the main track. The James DiVito trainee made his most recent start on May 21 in the Grade III Hanshin Cup where he finished fourth. Bred by Barney and Anne Gallagher, the graded-stakes winning gelding by Limehouse will break from post two with Carlos Montalvo aboard.
A soggy day at Arlington International Racecourse didn’t stop John Truscott’s homebred Go Lady Jay from shining when she led the field wire to wire in Saturday’s $50,000 Purple Violet Stakes for 3-year-old Illinois-registered fillies. Making her first start on a synthetic course, the Bradlee Rainwater trainee was sent to the front by jockey Jesse Lantz, setting the pace through splits of 23.58, 48.12 and 1:12.85. The daughter of Run Away and Hide held off her challengers in the stretch to complete the one mile in 1:37.78, finishing 1¼ lengths ahead of Valerie Peterson’s Flin Flon, with Richard Perkins’s Missalaney another length back in third.
Saturday’s feature race at Arlington International Racecourse drew a field of 10 Illinois-registered 3-year-old fillies for the $50,000 Purple Violet Stakes. Highlighting the entries for the one-mile Polytrack event is 2015 Illinois 2-year-old Champion Filly Silver Lode, winner of the Pat Whitworth Illinois Breeders’ Debutante at Hawthorne Racecourse last December, as well as Debutante runner-up Partay and third place finisher Lakota Rose.
Three-time Arlington International Racecourse leading trainer Larry Rivelli hit a career milestone Monday, when Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Good Bye Greg gave the trainer his 1,000t
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson’s homebred Surgical Strike lived up to his billing as the 8-5 favorite when parlaying a pocket trip into a score in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Arlington Classic at Arlington International Racecourse.
The return of the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Matron Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse was won by Flipcup for Team Penney Racing, Wachtel Stable and Brous Stable. The Bill Mott-trainee broke from the rail and tracked the leaders while saving ground on the inside through opening splits of 25.05, 49.29 and 1:13.39. Coming through the final turn, jockey Chris Emigh moved the 5-year-old daughter of Milwaukee Brew outside of the leaders and held off Lothenbach Stable’s Chris Block-trained No Fault of Mine by a neck to finish the 1 1/8-miles Polytrack trip in 1:51.32. Naveed Chowhan’s Bernard Flint-trained Brooklynsway finished 3½ lengths further back in third.