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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
In Today's Notes: Trio of Beverly D. Prospects Breeze at Arlington Sunday; All Stormy Breezes for Arlington's Secretariat Stakes; Ioya Bigtime Breezes for Arlington's American St. Leger
Faced with a choice between next Saturday's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St.
In Today's Notes: France's Bayrir Due In Tonight on First of Five Festival Flights; Arlington-based Festival Prospects Work Saturday; Graham Ties Torres for Lead in Jockeys' Standings Friday
In Today's Notes: Eleven Top Turf Runners Pre-Entered for Arlington Million XXX; Ten Grass-Favoring Fillies and Mares Set for Beverly D; Secretariat Stakes Shaping Up With Nine Sophomores Likely; Inaugural American St. Leger Attracts Full Field of 14
In Today's Notes: Irish Eyes Focus on Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown Thursday; Fires Firming Up for Arlington's 3rd Jockey Legends Race Aug. 17
With international horses slated to take center stage for the Aug.
TREASURE BEACH POSITIONED TO ADD TO MILLION-SECRETARIAT LEGACY
All systems remain on 'go' for the British-bred European-based Treasure Beach to add his name to the historical connection between the Arlington Million and the Secretariat Stakes.
In Today's Notes: Gold Edge, All Her Class Looking at Lassie Following Lisa M; Arlington-Washington Futurity Tabbed for 'Muppet', Triple Cross; Jockey Miguel Mena Scores Saturday Hat Trick at Arlington
The first 2-year-old stakes races of the season in Chicago went to favorites as Dolphus Morrison's Gold Edge captured the $67,100 Lisa M Stakes for fillies and Curtis Green's Muppet Man scored in the open counterpart, the $66,700 Meadowlake Stakes.