Pre-Entries Set for Arlington's International Festival of Racing
In Today's Notes:
- Pre-Entries Set for Arlington's International Festival of Racing
- Eleven Evenly-Matched Fillies and Mares on Tap for Beverly D.
- Secretariat Stakes Pre-Entries Attract Seven Sophomores
PRE-ENTRIES SET FOR ARLINGTON'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING
Pre-entries for the Grade I Arlington Million, Grade I Beverly D. Stakes and Grade I Secretariat Stakes closed at midnight Friday with 10 older horses named to the 28th running of the Arlington Million, 11 fillies and mares available for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes and seven sophomores slated as probable for the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.
To be run Aug. 21, the only three Grade I races contested in Illinois on annual basis make up Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing. Arlington Million XXVIII gets additional prestige once again with its "Win and You're In" provision for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf, while the 20th renewal of the Beverly D. allows that same provision for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf for the third straight year.
This year's Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live on ABC and ESPN.
Post positions for all three International Festival of Racing races will be drawn Tuesday in Arlington Park's racing office at 9:30 a.m. (CDT).
European invaders for Arlington Million XXVIII, in alphabetical order, are HRH Princess Haya of Jordan's Debussy, an Irish-bred colt that finished fourth in Great Britain's Group II Sky Bet York States over the Knavesmire at York on July 24 after the rider lost his whip; William Bellew's Summit Surge, an Irish-bred gelding who captured that same Group II outing by a length and a quarter; and Shadwell Stable's Tazeez, a Kentucky-bred but European-campaigned horse who was beaten only a length and a quarter when third in Great Britain's Group I Prince of Wales's Stakes during the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in mid-June.
North American-based Million pre-entries are dominated by the star power of Castleton Lyon's Gio Ponti, defending champion from the 2009 Arlington Million, who is now in a position to become the first horse in history to win back-to-back renewals of the centerpiece race of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
Robert Courtney Jr.'s Rahystrada, Jonathan Sheppard's Just as Well, Shadwell Stable's Tajaaweed and Robert Evans' Marsh Side - first, second, third and fourth respectively in the Grade III Arlington Handicap as the designed local prep for the Arlington Million on July 17 - are also all pre-entered for the main event Aug. 21.
Tom McCarthy's General Quarters, winner of Churchill's Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Cup on Kentucky Derby Day May 1 and Keeneland's Grade I Blue Grass Stakes last year, is also pre-entered for the Arlington Million, as is Jean and Ted Barlas and Michael Porcaro's Quite a Handful, an improving veteran of last year's Secretariat Stakes who won his last start by two lengths at Indiana Downs in July after back-to-back runner-up finishes at Arlington in June.
ELEVEN EVENLY-MATCHED FILLIES AND MARES ON TAP FOR BEVERLY D.
Eleven fillies and mares, including two European-based members of the distaff set, have been pre-entered for the 20th renewal of the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the Arlington Million's sister race during the International Festival of Racing Aug. 21.
The North American-based group includes Helen Alexander's Acoma, winner of Churchill's Grade III Cardinal Handicap last fall; Three Chimneys Racing's Ave, runner-up by a nose in Woodbine's Grade II Dance Smartly Stakes July 18; Richard Duchossois' Éclair de Lune, second by three-quarters in Arlington's Grade III Modesty Handicap July 17; Team Valor's Gypsy's Warning, winner of Monmouth's Grade III Eatontown Handicap May 31; and Nelson McMakin's Hot Cha Cha, winner of Churchill's Grade III Mint Julep Handicap June 5.
Also pre-entered in the Beverly D. and now based in North America are Augustin Stable's Rainbow View, winner of Pimlico's Grade III Gallorette Handicap May 15; Frank Calabrese's Romacaca, winner of Mountaineer's $75,000 Firecracker July 3; Juddmonte Farms' Treat Gently, winner of the Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap July 17; and Michael Tabor's Turning Top, heroine of the Grade III Beverly Hills Handicap June 26.
The two Europeans pre-entered for the Beverly D. are Michael Deegan's Pachattack, winner of Great Britain's listed EBF Chalice Stakes Aug. 1 at Newbury, and Marquesa de Mortalla's Biased, third in France's listed Prix de la Pepiniere July 25 at Maisons-Laffitte.
SECRETARIAT STAKES PRE-ENTRIES ATTRACT SEVEN SOPHOMORES
Donegal Racing's Paddy O'Prado, considered one of the top turf horses of any age currently in training, and Estrorace LLC's Workin for Hops, trying to become the fourth horse in history to sweep Arlington's Mid-America Triple, head a group of seven sophomores pre-entered for the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes as the final leg of Arlington's Triple.
The remaining quintet, in alphabetical order, is Millard Seldin Revocable Trust and the Estate of Hoss Inman's Cherokee Lord, a runner-up over Arlington's grass July 29; Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Dean's Kitten, third in Arlington's Grade II American Derby July 17; Lothenbach Stables' Mister Marti Gras, second to Workin for Hops in the American Derby; James Hackman and Glenn Thompson's Two Notch Road, fourth in Monmouth's $145,000 Jersey Derby Aug. 1 and Mark Hawtin's Wigmore Hall, the lone European Secretariat invader.