Arlington Million

International Festival Barn Notes: Thursday, August 16, 2012 – PM Edition

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/16/2012 #

In Today's Notes: Afsare Works Thursday for Saturday's Arlington Million; Wigmore Hall Readies for Another Arlington Million; Germany's Kapitale Ready for Saturday's Beverly D. Stakes; Retired Riders Cadman, Lovato Prepare for Jockey Challenge


Darley Stud Management's British-bred Afsare, originally scheduled for turf work Thursday morning, fulfilled an alternate plan and worked four furlongs in 48 flat over the main track due to a steady rain that fell during training hours.

Afsare, who finished second by a neck in Great Britain's Group II Sky Bet York Stakes in his last trip to the post July 28, is entered in Saturday's 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million.

Trainer Luca Cumani's head travelling lad Charlie Henson supervised Afsare's move that was accomplished with British apprentice jockey Patrick Hills in the irons. According to Henson, that switch in surfaces was negligible.

"He probably went a little quicker on the Polytrack the way it was this morning, but that doesn't matter" said Henson. "The important thing is that he has settled in well since he got here to Arlington."

The Marco Botti-trained duo of the Crackerjack King Syndicate's Arlington Million runner Crackerjack King and the Jakkalberry Syndicate's American St. Leger entrant Jakkalberry both went to the track for steady canters Thursday, with Lucie Botti aboard Crackerjack King and Reese Evans up on Jakkalberry.

Crackerjack King won Italy's Group I Premio Presidente della Repubblica May 13 and Jakkalberry finished fifth in the Group II Hardwicke Stakes June 23 during Great Britain's prestigious Royal Ascot meeting.


Mark Hawtin's European-based Wigmore Hall, fourth in last summer's Arlington Million and runner-up in the Secretariat Stakes two years ago, had an easy gallop around the main track Thursday during training hours.

"I still believe that last year we would have been second in the Million if we hadn't gotten knocked around a bit during the running," said Gillian Dolman, assistant to Wigmore Hall's trainer Michael Bell.

"We haven't had quite as good a year so far this year," said Dolman. "Because of all the wet weather we've had back home in England the ground has been a little too soft for our horse. Hopefully, the rain we've had here today will stop and the turf will dry out in time for our race Saturday.

"Wigmore Hall loves it here at Arlington," said Dolman. "I really believe he knows he's back here and he thinks it's nice to be back. The boss (trainer Bell) will be here later today."


Gestut Karlshof's German-bred filly Kapitale hasn't run this year, but according to exercise rider Lisa Kruellmann, she appears ready for her upcoming engagement in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the sister race to the Arlington Million.

"That (lack of a start in 2012) should not be a problem," said Kruellmann, who has worked for trainer Andreas Wohler for the last four years. "We'll just gallop up to the race Saturday. The trainer will be here later today."

Wohler saddled Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's German-bred Silvano to win the 2001 Arlington Million.


Retired jockeys Zoe Cadman and Frank Lovato Jr. were on the backstretch at Arlington during training hours Thursday morning and updated the status of their conditioning schedules coming up to Friday's' jockey challenge race.

"I've been getting on horses regularly at Hollywood Park," said Cadman, who was once Arlington's leading female rider before being passed by Inez Karlsson. "I'm ready to go."

Fellow retired Arlington-based jockey Frank Lovato Jr. now lives in the small town of Norwalk, Ohio, midway between Toledo and Cleveland.

"As soon as I found out I was coming here to ride in the jockey challenge race Friday I started getting on horses at a farm near where I live," Lovato said.