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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.
MARKETING MIX AFTER GRADE I WIN
In Today's Notes: Festival-Bound Crackerjack King, Jakkalberry Gallop Wednesday; France's Bayrir on Track for Saturday's Secretariat Stakes; Beverly D.-Bound I'm A Dreamer 'M
In Today's Notes: Stidham Seeks Elusive Million Day Grade I; Hall of Fame Trainer McGaughey Looks for Marquee Million Win
In Today's Notes: Dark Stranger Lame Saturday; Removed from Flight Manifest; European Jockey Ryan Moore Replaced Aboard Festival Rides; Bayrir, Afsare Gallop Over Arlington's Main Track Tuesday; Three Festival Seminars Scheduled This Week
In Today's Notes: Cherokee Lord, Vertiformer Get Arlington Million Breezes Monday; France's Bayrir, Gosden's Group Head Festival Horses on Grounds; Retired Riders Barbara Jo Rubin, Patti Cooksey Made History
In Today's AM Notes: Romans Readies Cavalry Charge Toward Mid-America Triple; Little Mike Stretches Out for Million Bid