Arlington Million

International Festival Barn Notes: Sun., Aug. 19

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/19/2012 #
  • Kapitale will remain in North America for the time being.

In Today's Notes: Germany's Kapitale to Keep Campaign in North America; Europeans in Fine Fettle Sunday Shortly Before Flight Time; Inaugural American St. Leger One for the Books; Hall of Famer Fires Made History 22 Years Ago Today


Gestut Karlshof's German-bred filly Kapitale, who finished fourth in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. as the Grade I Arlington Million's sister race, will be the only European invader to remain in North America following Saturday's International Festival of Racing.

Kapitale was making her first start of the year and her first start on this side of the Atlantic in Saturday's $750,000 Beverly D. The daughter of Dubawi will be pointed toward Woodbine's Grade II Canadian Stakes for fillies and mares over the lawn Sept. 16 and possibly the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Nov. 2 after that.

Trained by Andreas Wohler, who saddled Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano to win the 2001 Arlington Million, Kapitale was void of early foot in the Beverly D. but rallied six-wide in the lane to improve position with vigor.

Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix, runner-up by a head to Andrew Stone's Irish-bred European-based I'm A Dreamer in the Beverly D., also came out of her race in good order and will also be pointed toward Canada's upcoming grass test for members of the distaff set according to her conditioner Tom Proctor.


European-based Arlington Million invaders headed by Darley Stud Management's British-bred Afsare, runner-up in the 30th anniversary edition of Chicago's centerpiece race, all came out of the race in good order and were scheduled on two transatlantic equine charters returning them home later in the day on Sunday.

"Afsare, (Darley Stud Management's Irish-bred) Colombian, (Crackerjack King Syndicate's Irish-bred) Crackerjack King and (Mark Hawtin's Irish-bred) Wigmore Hall are all on the same flight," said International Racing Transport's Matt Haug.

"The Irish horses are on their own separate flight a little later in the day," said Haug, speaking of the Aidan O'Brien trained trio of the Arlington Million's British-bred Treasure Beach, owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor; the Beverly D.'s Irish-bred filly Up, owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor; and the Secretariat Stakes's Kentucky-bred Daddy Long Legs, owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier.

Accompanying the European-based Million candidates on Sunday's first flight were Saturday's Beverly D. heroine I'm A Dreamer, an Irish-bred mare owned by Andrew Stone, and the British-bred filly Joviality, owned by Darley Stud Management.

Also on Sunday's initial equine charter was the Secretariat Stakes' French-bred hero Bayrir, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs, as well as Australian TB Bloodstock's Irish-bred Jakkalberry, winner of the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger, Darley Stud Management's German-bred Zuider Zee, third in the American St. Leger, as well as Eastwind Racing and Robert Trussell's Bridge of Gold.


Saturday's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger, a race that is sure to be graded as soon as it becomes eligible for that prestigious ranking, proved to be an appetizing added garnish to Arlington's International Festival of Racing.

The European horsemen embraced it enthusiastically throughout the summer and Arlington-based conditioner Chris Block was one of its original American supporters.

It was Team Block's Stars and Stripes hero Ioya Bigtime that made the pace in Saturday's American St. Leger before being run down in the late stages by the European-based Irish-bred Jakkalberry, owned by the Jakkalberry Syndicate.

"I was extremely proud of my horse and the way he ran and he's doing wonderful this morning," said Block during training hours Sunday. "He came out of the race just as good as you'd want.

"I think there's a lot handicapping strategy involved because the public, including myself, has to figure out which horse can go that far."


Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington's all-time leading rider, became the 11th jockey in history to register 5,000 victories 22 years ago today when he guided Tex's Zing to victory at Arlington.