Arlington Million

General Election Campaigns for Leg 2 of Mid-America Triple

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/10/2013 #
  • Arlington Classic General Election winner returns for the Grade III American Derby July 13. Photo by Four Footed Fotos.

WinStar Farm’s General Election, an impressive winner of the first leg of the Mid-America Triple – the Grade III Arlington Classic on May 25 – returns against some familiar foes and a few new faces in the second leg of the series, the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, on Saturday July 13.  Trained by Kellyn Gorder, the son of Harlan’s Holiday scored by one length at 13-1 in his first start on grass in what was a wild four-horse finish.  Joseph Rocco, Jr. returns and will break from post 2 in the 11-horse field. 

Looking forward to the additional furlong in distance this time will be late-closing Arlington Classic runner-up and beaten favorite Admiral Kitten, who has been given seven weeks off since that defeat.  After three second-place finishes at 1 1/16-miles within six weeks’ time, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred will seek revenge from the adjacent post 3 under Julien Leparoux.  Trainer Mike Maker will also start the improving Moro Tap for owners Skychai Racing, Sand Dollar Stable, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner.  The sleek gray colt was a fast-closing third last out in the $200,000 Centaur Stakes at Indiana Downs on June 15.  The ever-popular Rosie Napravnik picks up the mount.

Dorsett looks to avenge his controversial disqualification (from third to fourth) in the Arlington Classic with a win here for trainer Mike Stidham and owner Terry Hamilton.  The improving son of Breeders’ Cup Mile victor Artie Schiller has since impressively defeated his elders in a second-level allowance over nine furlongs on June 15 on the local turf, and retains rider E.T. Baird from that race in post 7.  A late-runner, he will appreciate the additional sixteenth of a mile. 

A formidable new challenger comes in the form of Team Valor International’s Infinite Magic, who exits a rough trip in the Grade III Hill Prince Stakes on June 15 at Belmont Park.  Bumped hard in the stretch while rallying from a dozen lengths off the pace, the former England-based sophomore rallied to finish sixth.  Trainer Rick Mettee, the new private conditioner for Team Valor, has retained the services of Channing Hill, who will break from post 6 on the deep-closing son of More than Ready.

Completing the field for the American Derby are Glen Hill Farm’s Procurement (Eddie Castro); Barry Golden’s Coastal Breeze (Kent Desormeaux); Mongolian Stable’s Mongolian Saturday (Carlos Montalvo); Taylor Rice’s Triple Cross (Ricardo Feliciano); Leonard Leveen and Michael P. Shanley’s Stormy Len (Alex Solis); and Catherine Zoc’s Formidable Heart (Florent Geroux).

The American Derby will be run at a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington’s world famous turf course and serves as the final local prep for the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes, which will be held Aug. 17 as part of the one-day International Festival of Racing.

The race is one of four major stakes that comprise the track’s Million Preview Day program.  In addition to the American Derby, the 12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap, the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap and the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes.  As an added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the American Derby will have their entry and starting fees waived for the Secretariat should they elect to run in that event next month.