Road to the Million: Vol. 6 - July 16, 2008
With a courageous three quarter-length tally in
The Arlington Million, along with the $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, is one of three Grade I races that will make up Arlington’s International Festival of Racing on that second Saturday in August, and with Archipenko on track for this summer’s centerpiece event of Chicago’s Thoroughbred racing season, the international flavor of this Festival gets an appetizing additional garnish.
Arlington Million XXVI, to be contested at a mile and a quarter over
“He’s a real little champ who we thought might need the race so it was an excellent win,” said Shea. “Mike has always wanted to have a winner in
Before Saturday’s Summer Mile score, Archipenko took down winning honors in his previous start April 27 in
The Kentucky-bred colt is named in honor of the Ukrainian avant-garde artist and sculptor Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964) whose work exemplified the Cubist movement that gained momentum in the early 1900s.
Another European-based horse now under consideration for the Arlington Million is Dr. Michael O’Brien’s Lord Admiral, second at last asking May 11 in
Also, in last Saturday’s Grade III Arlington Handicap, the Million’s local prep, both the winner Stream Cat and the runner-up Cosmonaut remain under consideration for the Million.
Stream Cat’s trainer “Rusty” Arnold said of his horse, owned by Fab Oak Stable, Bobby Hurley and John Goldthorpe: “A lot depends on what Mr. Goldthorpe tells me. He is the managing partner for Stream Cat. I would think either the Arlington Million or the (
Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut, twice the winner of the Arlington Handicap before finishing as the runner-up July 12, also is not to be ruled out of the Arlington Million at this time.
Updates on European-based possibilities for the Beverly D. as the Arlington Million’s sister race restricted to fillies and mares, include the addition of the French-bred filly Cicerole, owned by the Rothschild Family. The daughter of Barathea, bred by the late Baron Guy De Rothschild and trained by Jean Claude Rouget, was beaten a half-length at last asking in
European-based possibilities for the Secretariat Stakes, restricted to 3-year-olds of international caliber, now include Michael Tabor’s Plan, trained by Irish-born Aidan O’Brien. Plan, a Kentucky-bred who has been campaigned solely on the Emerald Isle in five trips to the post, won the Group III Keeneland International Stakes at The Curragh at last asking July 12.
Ready and willing to oppose European invaders Plan and the Irish-bred Collection in the Secretariat is
“We’re planning on bringing him back for the Secretariat,” said Tizdejavu’s trainer Greg Fox on the morning after the American Derby.