Arlington Million

European Updates for Arlington Million Aug. 8

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/25/2009 #

In Today's Notes:

  • European Updates for Arlington Million Aug. 8
  • Sunday's Stakes Winners Likely for Prairie State Festival June 20
  • Arlington Jockeys Emigh, Hamilton Inching Closer to Milestones
  • Again Irish 1000 Guineas Winner Sunday

EUROPEAN UPDATES FOR ARLINGTON MILLION AUG. 8
Significant updates concerning the upcoming Arlington Million XXVII on Aug. 8 occurred in Ireland Sunday when the Irish-bred Casual Conquest bested his British-bred stablemate Famous Name in the Group I Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh.

The Tattersalls Gold Cup has often served as an early barometer for Arlington Million in past seasons, and Casual Conquest, owned by Moyglare Stud, and Famous Name, a Juddmonte Farms color bearer, are original nominees to this summer's Million. In fact, the Juddmonte silks have been previously posed in the winner's circle aboard Chester House in 2000 and Beat Hollow in 2002 following Arlington's showcase race.

Both Casual Conquest and Famous Name are conditioned by Ireland's all-time leading trainer Dermot Weld, who saddled Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Winchester to win the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day last summer. Weld has been a strong supporter of Arlington's International Festival of Racing since its inception.

SUNDAY'S STAKES WINNERS LIKELY FOR PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL JUNE 20
Homewrecker Racing Stable's Wildeydsouthernboy 2 3/4-length winner of Sunday's $53,600 Zen Stakes, and Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich's Magnetic Miss, who led every step of the way in the $53,100 Your Ladyship Stakes earlier in the afternoon, are both likely to return for the upcoming 10th anniversary edition of Arlington's Prairie State Festival Day on June 20.

The six $100,000 races that comprise the Prairie State Festival are restricted to horses registered in the Illinois Thoroughbred program.

Wildeydsouthernboy, no disappointment as the odd-on choice of the fans Saturday, came out of the race well and appears likely for a return in Prairie State Festival's White Oak Handicap.

"That would seem to be the most likely scenario," said trainer Hugh Robertson during training hours Sunday morning.

A year ago, Magnetic Miss won the 2008 Your Ladyship Handicap and followed that with a win in last year's Isaac Murphy Handicap during the Prairie State Festival.

In post race winner's circle following Saturday's Your Ladyship, the owners indicated that they would also shoot for back-to-back wins in the Isaac Murphy.

Completing the sextet of Illinois-bred races June 20 is the Springfield Stakes at one mile for sophomores, the Purple Violet for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, and two 1 1/16-mile turf races - the Lincoln Heritage Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up and the Black Tie Affair Handicap for 3-year-old and up registered in the Illinois program. 

ARLINGTON JOCKEYS EMIGH, HAMILTON INCHING CLOSER TO MILESTONES
Following his win aboard GTS Racing II's Our Tekela Rose in Sunday's fourth race, Arlington's 2006 jockey champion Chris Emigh was four wins away from the 3,000-career win milestone.

Emigh is listed to ride six horses on Monday's Memorial Day program.

Following his win astride Jack Brooks' Sweet Dahlia in Sunday's opener, jockey Quincy Hamilton - new to the Arlington colony this summer - was five wins away from the 1,000-career win milestone with five mounts slated for Monday's Memorial Day program.

AGAIN IRISH 1000 GUINEAS WINNER ON SUNDAY
One day after Phipps Stable's Consequence won Arlington's second running of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas, Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier's 3-year-old filly Again took down winning honors in the Group I Irish 1000 Guineas contested at The Curragh Sunday.

The Irish 1000 Guineas was first run in 1922.