Arlington Million

International Festival of Racing Barn Notes: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Churchill Downs Communications | 08/17/2013 #
  • Little Mike

In Today’s Notes:  

Dark Cove out of American St. Leger
Four Jockeys Can Win Festival’s Three Grade I Stakes
Quartet of Riders Can Win Another Million
Seven Trainers Can Win Multiple Festival Races
Three Ownerships Can Claim Consecutive Glory
Two Jockeys Could Become Second Locally Based Million Winner


Owner Ken Ramsey said Friday morning that trainer Mike Maker discovered some filling in Dark Cove’s tendon, and the multiple graded stakes winner will scratch from the $400,000 American St. Leger on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.
“We can’t take a chance with a horse like that,” Ramsey said of the horse he claimed for $50,000 who has gone on to win three graded stakes races, including the local prep for the St. Leger the Grade III Stars and Stripes Stakes.
Dark Cove was the second choice on the morning line at 3-1 in the field of eight. His defection leaves Europe-based horses Dandino (9-5) and Wigmore Hall (7-2) as the top two choices from the original morning line.
With Dark Cove out, Ramsey said he would cheer for Team Block’s Illinois-bred Suntracer, who is by Ramsey’s stallion, Kitten’s Joy.

    In other St. Leger changes, local jockey Jeffrey Sanchez will replace Quincy Hamilton on Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope  LLC’s Ojos de Hielo for trainer Larry Rivelli.  


    A quartet of jockeys will have a chance to win all three of the Grade I events of the International Festival of Racing.  Three-time British Champion Jockey Ryan Moore, Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Joel Rosario and 2012 Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winning jockey Rosie Napravnik all have a chance to do what no jockey has ever done and achieve the highest level hat trick on Arlington International Racecourse’s biggest day.

    Ryan Moore flies in from the United Kingdom to ride Hunter’s Light in the Arlington Million, Dank in the Beverly D. Stakes and Yeager in the Secretariat Stakes.  Moore will also have the sole distinction of being the only rider with four rides when he kicks off the Festival with morning line favorite Dandino in the American St. Leger.  

    Gary Stevens, mere months out of retirement, rides Indy Point in the Million, morning line favorite Marketing Mix in the Beverly D. and Draw Two in the Secretariat.  

    Current national leader in earnings and wins Joel Rosario rides defending champion Little Mike in the Million, the lone Canadian in the Festival Solid Appeal in the Beverly D. and morning line favorite Jack Milton in the Secretariat.  Originally, Rosario was to be on four mounts before Dark Cove’s scratch from the St. Leger.

    Rosie Napravnik, the lone female rider in the Festival, rides Rahystrada in his fourth attempt at the Million, Artemus Kitten in the Beverly D. and Admiral Kitten in the Secretariat.  


    Four previous winning riders can win another Arlington Million on Saturday.  Robby Albarado will ride Finnegan’s Wake in the Million after winning in 2007 with Jambalaya.  Jamie Spencer, rider of easy winner Cape Blanco in 2011, returns to ride outsider Side Glance in the Million.  Another Britain-based rider William Buick will try to win his second Million on morning line favorite Grandeur after winning on longshot Debussy in 2010.  Lastly, Gary Stevens will go for his third Million on Indy Point after winning in 1990 with Golden Pheasant and 1997 with Marlin.  

Gary Stevens will also be one of only two jockeys with an opportunity to add another Beverly D. trophy to their mantle.  He won in 1991 with Fire the Groom and 2005 with Angara.  On Saturday he will ride race favorite Marketing Mix.  Kent Desormeaux will have the unique opportunity to win his fourth Beverly D. when he rides locally based speedster La Tia from the rail.  He won in 1992 with Kostroma, 2008 with Mauralakana and 2009 with Dynaforce.  

Desormeaux will also go after his fourth Secretariat win when he rides Tattenham.  His previous three victories were Chiselling in 2002, Take the Points in 2009 and Paddy O’Prado in 2010.  Alex Solis, rider of winner Startac in 2001, rides Stormy Len in an attempt to win his second Secretariat.  Christophe Lemaire’s sole mount in the Festival will be Visiyani, who comes from the same jockey-trainer-owner connections as last year’s winner Bayrir.


    Trainers Danny Peitz, Bill Mott, Dale Romans, Jeremy Noseda, Marco Botti, Tom Proctor and Mike Maker will have the opportunity to win multiple Festival races.  

    Peitz sends out Najjaar in the St. Leger and Ausus in the Beverly D.  Mott sends out Tattenham in the Secretariat and Starformer in the Beverly D.  Romans sends out Balthazar in the Secretariat and two in the Million – defending champion Little Mike and outsider Finnegans Wake.  England-based Jeremy Noseda sends out Grandeur in the Million and Yeager in the Secretariat.  Fellow Newmarket-based Marco Botti sends out Dandino in the St. Leger and Guest of Honour in the Million. Tom Proctor sends out Marketing Mix in the Beverly D. and Temeraine in the Million.  Lastly, Mike Maker has Admiral Kitten in the Secretariat and Artemus Kitten in the Beverly D.


    Three owners have the opportunity to win a second consecutive victory in their respective Festival races.  His Highness the Aga Khan won last year’s Secretariat with Bayrir and returns in 2013 with Visiyani.  Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock won last year’s St. Leger with Jakkalberry and returns in 2013 with morning line favorite Dandino.  Lastly, defending champion Priscilla Vaccarezza brings her defending champion Little Mike back for the Million.  

    Three powerhouse owners have a chance at winning multiple races include Shadwell Stable, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and Juddmonte Farm.  Shadwell Stable has Najjaar in the Secretariat and Ausus in the Beverly D.  The Ramseys have Amen Kitten and Admiral Kitten in the Secretariat, Artemus Kitten in the Beverly D. and Real Solution in the Million.  Lastly, Juddmonte has Tattenham in the Secretariat and Starformer in the Beverly D.


    In 2007, Robby Albarado became the first and only locally based jockey to win the Arlington Million in a year in which he was riding in the Arlington colony.  On Saturday, E. T. Baird and Eddie Castro have the opportunity to do the same.  Baird rides Nates Mineshaft and Castro has the reins on Temeraine.