Arlington Million

Barn Notes: Sunday, Aug. 14

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/14/2011 #

In Today's Notes: International Festival's European Conquerors Leaving Sunday; Wigmore Hall, Zack Hall, River Jetez Set to Depart Monday; Beverly D. Winner Stacelita Returning to New York Monday; Willcox Inn, Upperline Doing Fine Sunday Morning

They came, they saw, they conquered and now they're leaving – returning to Ireland's Shannon Island on a Lufthansa equine charter out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Sunday night.

Grade I Arlington Million XXIX winner Cape Blanco, owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, as well as Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's Treasure Beach, hero of the 35th anniversary edition of Arlington's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, were both in good order Sunday morning, according to Pat Keating, traveling head lad for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's successful invaders.

"They both ate up everything last night and have come out of their races very well," said Keating Sunday morning when speaking from Arlington Park's International Barn.

Mark Hawtin's Wigmore Hall, fourth in Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million, is set to return to Europe aboard a KLM equine charter out of O'Hare International Airport bound for Amsterdam Monday.

"The horse came out of the race yesterday just fine," said Gillian Dolman on Sunday morning while visiting Arlington's gift shop for souvenirs from her American stay. "Our horse ran a good race and we're very proud of him. He got knocked around some in the early going or he might have finished second. I think we could have easily been second but I don't think we could have beaten the winner. Hopefully, we'll get to come back again next year."

Wigmore Hall finished second in the 2010 Secretariat Stakes.

Also aboard the European-bound KLM equine charter will be the French-bred Zack Hall, owned by Mathieu Offenstadt, Sylvain Fargeon, Patrick Offenstadt and Mikel Delzangles, who finished ninth in Saturday's Arlington Million in his first start outside his native land. The Delzangles trainee went to the track early Sunday morning for a canter around the Polytrack.

Barbara and Cedrick Amm and Marsh Shirtliff's River Jetez, who finished third in Saturday's $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes as the Arlington Million's sister race, will also be aboard the KLM charter and was also doing well Sunday, according to South African trainer Mike de Kock, who also indicated that the 8-year-old mare would not have beaten the winner.

Martin Schwartz's French-bred Stacelita, heroine of Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as part of Arlington's International Festival of Racing, will leave Chicago by van "first thing Monday morning," her trainer Chad Brown indicated Sunday.

"She came out of her race well," said Brown. "We don't have any definite plans for her right now. We might consider the (Grade I) Flower Bowl (Invitational at Belmont Oct. 1) for her next start, but that would depend on how she's training. We'd also consider the (Grade I) Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Nov. 4) as a long range goal."

All In Stable's Willcox Inn, winner of the prestigious Arlington Classic and Grade II American Derby in Chicago earlier this summer but fourth in Saturday's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, came out of his race in good order, as did his stable mate Upperline, owned by Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm and Mike Stidham, who finished fifth in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D.

"They both came out of their races well and both look good this morning," said their trainer Mike Stidham. "We don't have any definite plans for either of them right now. We'll be looking at a few different spots.

"Maybe something in New York for Willcox Inn, or maybe the (Grade III) Kent at Delaware Park," said Stidham. "As for Upperline, we'll probably look for something at Keeneland for her."

Christophe Clement-trained runners Gio Ponti, owned by Castleton Lyons and second in Saturday's Arlington Million, as well as Robert Scarborough's Cheetah, ninth in Saturday's Beverly D., both left Arlington Park before daylight Sunday morning, as did Augustin Stable's Fantasia, fourth in the Beverly D.