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Barn Notes: Friday, Aug. 12
In Today's Notes: Arlington Festival's European Invaders Get Final Tune-Ups Friday; Six International Festival Runners School in Paddock Thursday; Reminder: Special 12:15 P.M. Post Time for Arlington Million Day
ARLINGTON FESTIVAL'S EUROPEAN INVADERS GET FINAL TUNE-UPS FRIDAY
All was pretty much quiet on the western front Friday morning for the European invaders who have come to America for Saturday's International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park.
Irish-bred Cape Blanco, owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor and morning line favorite for Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million, as well as British-bred Treasure Beach, owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor and early choice in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, both cleared quarantine at 6:30 a.m. Friday and were on the track by 7 o'clock.
Pat Lillis was on board Cape Blanco and Ed Kinane was up on Treasure Beach, and both of the Aidan O'Brien trainees had no more than a regulation canter at about one mile over Arlington's Polytrack.
"The lads were happy with them and said they are both 100 percent," said Pat Keating, O'Brien's traveling head lad. "They moved well on the track and I couldn't be happier with them."
Jockey Jamie Spencer, who will ride Cape Blanco in the Million, had not yet arrived in Chicago Friday morning, but Colm O'Donoghue, slated for the saddle on Treasure Beach in the Secretariat, was an interested spectator present for Friday's early exercise.
Another to make his first appearance on the Arlington oval Friday morning was the Irish-bred sophomore Ziyarid, a Secretariat runner owned His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs. He also did no more than a quiet canter on the Polytrack. His trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre and race day jockey Christophe Lemaire will not arrive at Arlington until Saturday morning.
Barbara and Cedrick Amm and Marsh Shirtliff's South African-bred mare River Jetez, slated for Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the sister race to the Arlington Million, enjoyed a quiet morning, cantering a leisurely six furlongs following her turf work Thursday.
"Everything is good with her," said her South African trainer Mike de Kock. "She's improved day by day since she's been here.
The French-bred Arlington Million runner Zack Hall, owned by Mathieu Offenstadt, Sylvain Fargeon, Patrick Offenstadt and Mikel Delzangles cantered a mile on the Polytrack Friday morning. Trained by Delzangles, he will be ridden by top French jockey Christophe Soumillon on Saturday, who will also be in the irons on River Jetez.
Mark Hawtin's Irish-bred Arlington Million runner Wigmore Hall, trained by Michael Bell, also had a quiet morning, accompanying River Jetez to the Polytrack for a gentle canter as he has done all week.
Bell and top British female jockey Hayley Turner are scheduled to arrive at Arlington Friday afternoon.
SIX INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL RUNNERS SCHOOL IN PADDOCK THURSDAY
Richard Duchossois' Éclair de Lune, who will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner of the Grade I Beverly D. on Saturday, schooled in the paddock Thursday just prior to the third race.
Also in the paddock at the same time was the Beverly D. runner Check the Label, who races in the silks of Lael Stables.
All In Stable's Willcox Inn, who would become the fourth horse in Arlington Park history to sweep Chicago's Mid-America Triple with a win in Saturday's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, schooled in the paddock just prior to the fourth race Thursday.
Three Festival runners trained by Christophe Clement – Castleton Lyons' Grade I Arlington Million candidate Gio Ponti, Robert Scarborough's $750,000 Beverly D. runner Cheetah and Castleton Lyons' $65,000 Hatoof Stakes participant Race to Urge all schooled in the paddock Thursday before the fifth race of the afternoon.
REMINDER: SPECIAL 12:15 P.M. POST TIME FOR ARLINGTON MILLION DAY
Guests planning to be at Arlington Park for Saturday's International Festival of Racing – as well as fans of Arlington's simulcast signal – are reminded that there will be a special 12:15 p.m. post time in effect for Saturday's Arlington Million Day program.