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Inside-Outside Draws for Arlington BC Hopefuls
Familiar Arlington runners Lewis Michael and Mr. Nightlinger drew farthest inside and farthest outside in their respective Breeders' Cup races, coming up this Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
Lewis Michael drew the rail post as he takes a second stab at the $1 Million TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. The Frank Calabrese-owned homebred as the 5-1 third choice in the field of 12 runners.
"We drew good," trainer Wayne Catalano said. "Ground saving trip. Ground saving trip. Ground saving trip. It’s a good thing. We race mid-pack and move when the time is right."
On the other end of the spectrum, Arlington Sprint hero and course-record holder Mr. Nightlinger drew post 14 in the inaugural $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita. He was installed as the 6-1 co-third choice.
Trainer Bret Calhoun seemed to be all right with the draw, "I think it's all right. We've got enough speed to get position. I'm not that familiar with the turf course there, and I just hope we leave sharp. The first turn will be the key.”
In other Breeders' Cup news involving horses that have raced at Arlington:
Beverly D. heroine Mauralakana drew post seven in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf was made the 5-1 third choice in the morning line while her stablemate Vacare drew post two and was installed at odds of 10-1.
“It was a good draw for Vacare and for Mauralakana, too," said trainer Christophe Clement. "I think they both drew very well.”
In the same race, Forever Together, who won the Reluctant Guest here, drew post three and has early odds of 6-1. Forever Together worked four furlongs in 47 seconds flat over the Keeneland Polytrack and will arrive in California on Wednesday.
The Wayne Catalano-trained Sugar Mom, who broke her maiden this summer at Arlington, is 10-1 in the inaugural $1 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She will start from post eight in the one mile grass race.
Arlington-Washington Lassie heroine C. S. Silk drew post 8 and was installed at odds of 15-1 for the $2 million Bessemer Trust Juvenile Fillies at a mile and a sixteenth over the main track.
Go Between, the 2007 Secretariat Stakes winner, drew the rail for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Former Arlington riding champion Garrett Gomez will ride the Bill Mott trainee who was installed at 8-1 in the morning line.
Winchester, this year's Secretariat Stakes hero, drew post five and has a morning line of 15-1 as he faces older rivals in the $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf at a mile and a half Saturday.
In Summation, dead-heat winner of the 2007 Arlington Sprint when it was a main track fixture, drew post seven and had his odds set at 10-1 in the Sentient Flight Group Bredders' Cup Sprint at six furlongs.
Terrain, the double DQ beneficiary who was elevated to the top spot in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, will start from post three with a morning line of 20-1 in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.