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In Today's Notes: Germany's Kapitale to Keep Campaign in North America; Europeans in Fine Fettle Sunday Shortly Before Flight Time; Inaugural American St. Leger One for the Books; Hall of Famer Fires Made History 22 Years Ago Today
LITTLE MIKE STANDS UP FOR AMERICA IN ARLINGTON MILLION XXX
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 18, 2012)—After breaking in full stride to take immediate control of the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million, Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Kentucky-based Little Mike made the pace throughout and withstood a late surge by Darley Stud Management’s European-based Afsare to save the day for the America’s equine team in the last of the four races that now make up Arlington’s International Festival of Racing.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) – After butting heads with some of Europe’s top older females, I’m A Dreamer found the reality of American racing much more to her liking on Saturday at Arlington Park, winning the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes by a head over Marketing Mix.
Carlo Vaccarezza (owner/breeder of winner Little Mike): “If anyone asks, we can go a mile and a half. To be honest I was on pins and needles, nobody believed in this horse. You know the horse better than anyone else. This horse ran tremendously. Dale Romans did a fantastic job."
Mirco Demuro (Kapitale, 4th) –"She broke very well, but then she needed the race. She was on break for eight months, so I didn't want to pressure her too much. I had to stay a little bit behind because I didn't want to kill her on the first part of the race. Unfortunately the pace was not that fast, like it used to be in the United States. So it's very difficult to come from behind. She ran a fantastic race. She was out for eight months so she will improve a lot for the next time. I hope she can stay in the United States so I can come back to ride her and win a Group 1 here, because it's very emotional, I hope to ride in the United States."
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) -- Bayrir found American soil and 1 ¼ miles to his liking, as the His Highness the Aga Khan’s French-bred Medicean colt shipped over and swept by a good group of 3-year-old turf males to win the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park.
Alain de Royer-Dupre (trainer Bayrir, winner) – “I think he’s a very good horse, because he’s very calm, as you saw before the race. We had a good pace in the race, and he has a good turn of foot.”
Colm O’Donoghue (rode Jakkalberry, winner) – “Mrs. Botti was very confident in him. They said he is in good form, he gave me a lot of confidence rating him, we expected a good run. My horse was the class he can really run.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) – Irish-bred Australian-owned Jakkalberry lived up to his advance billing as the horse to beat in the inaugural edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger when the son of Storming Home overtook the pace-setting Illinois-bred Ioya Bigtime to win the mile and eleven-sixteenths race by 2 ¼ lengths in 2:49.01, which establishes the course record for the distance.
Congratulations to Francois, winner of The Straight Line!
Also, congratulations to Julia's Star, winner of the Hatoof Div. 1!
In Today’s Notes:
Suntracer, Vertiformer Out of American St. Leger Stakes
Three Riders With Chance to Sweep Illinois’ Three Grade I Stakes
Dominguez, O’Donoghue Also Slated for American St. Leger Stakes
Trainers With Multiple International Festival Starters
The "Arlington Fab Five" beat the "Legends Team" in the third annual special Jockey Challenge Race on Friday at Arlington Park.
In Today's Notes: Game Ball Out of American St. Leger; In Play at Saratoga; Treasure Beach, Up and Daddy Long Legs Visit Main Track Friday; Other International Festival Runners Stretch Legs Friday; Festival Runners Scheduled for Schooling Friday
Domestic Shippers Arrive for International Festival of Racing
In Today's Notes: Afsare Works Thursday for Saturday's Arlington Million; Wigmore Hall Readies for Another Arlington Million; Germany's Kapitale Ready for Saturday's Beverly
In Today's Notes: Secretariat Part of Clement's Career Plan for Summer Front; Aruna Gives Motion Chance to Check Beverly D. Off Bucket List; Follow Million Day via Twitter
With the dearth of true marathon distance events in North American racing, Arlington Park took the initiative in 2012 to enhance its International Festival of Racing program by inaugurating the $40
With horses invading from at least four countries as well as various parts of the United States for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., perhaps it is somewhat ironic that Glen Hill Farm's 3-1 morning line favorite Marketing Mix has been based in Barn 1A on the Arlington Park backstretch for much of the summer.
North American-based Boisterous, owned by Phipps Stable, and Irish-bred invader Crackerjack King, owned by the Crackerjack King Syndicate, were set as the top two choices Wednesday when a field of 11 was drawn for Saturday's 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million – as always the centerpiece event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
Dale Romans is unsure whether any horse can usurp I'll Have Another as leader of the 3-year-old male division, but one thing is near certain: the winner of the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park will be leader of the 3-year-old turf division.