Barn Notes: Saturday, August 18, 2012
In Today’s Notes:
Suntracer, Vertiformer Out of American St. Leger Stakes
Three Riders With Chance to Sweep Illinois’ Three Grade I Stakes
Dominguez, O’Donoghue Also Slated for American St. Leger Stakes
Trainers With Multiple International Festival Starters
SUNTRACER, VERTIFORMER OUT OF AMERICAN ST. LEGER STAKES
Team Block’s Suntracer has been withdrawn from the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes. However, stable mate Ioya Bigtime, also owned by Team Block, remains a starter in the American St. Leger.
Also, Joseph Allen’s Vertiformer, cross-entered in both the American St. Leger and the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million, has been withdrawn from the American St. Leger in favor of a start in the Arlington Million.
THREE RIDERS WITH CHANCE TO SWEEP ILLINOIS’ THREE GRADE I STAKES
Twelve years ago, retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey put his personal stamp on Arlington’s International Festival of Racing when he became the first and only jockey in history to win the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes in the same year.
Since then, or at least until this year, the ultimate afternoon for a jockey during the one-day International Festival of Racing would be to sweep the Million, the $750,000 Beverly D. and the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, with its purse of $500,000 Saturday. Together, they are the only three races Grade I races offered in the State of Illinois on an annual basis.
America’s Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez, American-based jockey Jose Lezcano and European-based jockey Colm O’Donoghue all are listed to ride in all of the races in Arlington’s top-tiered trio.
Dominguez is named on Little Mike in the Million, Aruna in the Beverly D. and Summer Front in the Secretariat.
Lezcano is listed aboard Boisterous in the Million, Mystical Star in the Beverly D. and Finnegans Wake in the Secretariat.
O’Donoghue is slated for the saddle on Crackerjack King in the Million, Up in the Beverly D. and Daddy Long Legs in the Secretariat.
DOMINGUEZ, O’DONOGHUE ALSO SLATED IN AMERICAN ST. LEGER STAKES
In addition to their mounts in all three of Arlington’s Grade I races, Venezuelan-born reins master Ramon Dominguez and Irish-born jockey Colm O’Donoghue also have mounts in the inaugural running of Arlington’s $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes.
Dominguez rides Lake Drop and O’Donoghue rides Jakkalberry in the American St. Leger.
TRAINERS WITH MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL STARTERS
French-born trainer Christophe Clement has won the Arlington Million once and the Beverly D. three times, but he has never captured the Secretariat Stakes.
In Saturday’s Secretariat, Clement will be represented by Summer Front, but he also has Mystical Star in the Beverly D. and could become the only conditioner in history to win the sister race to the Arlington Million four times.
British-born trainer John Gosden, who saddled Debussy to win the Arlington Million two years ago but has never won the Beverly D., has Joviality slated for this year’s Beverly D. and Colombian in the Million, but will also be represented by Zuider Zee in the American St. Leger.
Irish-born trainer Aidan O’Brien, who won last year’s Arlington Million with Cape Blanco and last year’s Secretariat with Treasure Beach, will be represented by Treasure Beach in Saturday’s Million and would become the first trainer in history to win the Million in two successive seasons.
O’Brien also is represented by Up in the Beverly D. and Daddy Long Legs in the Secretariat.
Italian-born conditioner Marco Botti will be represented by Crackerjack King in the Arlington Million and Jakkalberry in the American St. Leger.
British-born trainer Graham Motion will be represented by Aruna in the Beverly D. and Lake Drop in the American St. Leger.
New Jersey-born trainer Mike Stidham will saddle Willcox Inn in the Million and Upperline in the Beverly D.
No trainer has ever won the Arlington Million and the Beverly D. in the same season but the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel in 2002 and O’Brien last summer have won both the Million and the Secretariat in the same year.
No trainer has ever won the Beverly D. and the Secretariat in the same year and no jockey has ever won the Beverly D. and the Secretariat in the same year.