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Arlington Park - Road To The Million

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European-breds dominate the potential cast of characters likely for the 19th running of the Grade I Arlington Million less than three weeks before the centerpiece of the Arlington Park season will be contested August 18 at Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval.

The showcase event will be run as part of Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing along with the Grade I Beverly D. for fillies and mares and the Grade I Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-olds of world-class caliber.

However, the Arlington Million is also the third leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, a 12-race series that is contested in 10 countries on four continents.

The first and second-place finishers of the Grade III Arlington Handicap last Saturday, final local prep for the Million, are both Irish-breds, and among the European campaigners considering a transcontinental flight at this time, none were foaled on this side of the Atlantic.

Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes' Make No Mistake, who prevailed by a neck in the $250,000 Arlington Handicap July 28, was bred and initially raced in the Emerald Isle, as was runner-up Takarian, owned by John J. Greely III, Tom Nichols & Columbine Stable.

In fact, when that pair first met, in the Group III Meld Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland in July of 1998, Takarian was the winner.

"We beat him in Ireland, now he got us," said Beau Greely, Takarian's trainer, following the Arlington Handicap. "Now we're going to stay here and give the Million a shot."

"We'll have to see how he's doing after I get him back to the track in a few days," said Burk Kessinger, the conditioner of Make No Mistake, regarding the possible rubber match with Takarian in the Arlington Million. "Assuming he continues to do well, his next start will either be in the Million or the Man o' War at Belmont. I'll probably make a decision late next week (two weeks before the Million)."

On the European front, Il Paralupo's Endless Hall, a British-bred globetrotting 5-year-old gelding who won the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup at Singapore's Kranji Racecourse May 12, is now being considered for the Arlington Million. He would be well regarded among the European contingent, should his connections choose to participate.

The altered son of Sadler's Wells was the champion 3-year-old in Italy in 1999, and is trained by Luca Cumani.

Endless Hall won the Group I Gran Premio di Milano at San Siro in June of 2000, and began this year's campaign with a solid fourth-place finish in the Grade II Dubai Sheema Classic March 24 at Nad al Sheba.

Another globetrotter based in Europe with connections that are looking at the Arlington Million is the German-bred Silvano, owned by Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof. Trained by Andreas Wohler, the 5-year-old bay has made four starts in various parts of the world this year.

Silvano began the year with a five and a half-length win in stakes competition at a mile and a quarter in Singapore March 3 and then traveled to Dubai where he was third on Dubai World Cup Day when asked to go a mile and a half. The entire son of Lomitas then went to Hong Kong where he won in stakes company when back at the 10-furlong distance at Sha Tin, and most recently was fifth behind Endless Hall at Kranji, when returned to Singapore for that Group I race May 12. He has been freshened since.

Meanwhile, the 2001 Meld Stakes was run July 28 at The Curragh, and the winner was the British-bred Muakaad, owned by Hamden al Maktoum. That 4-year-old bay is trained by Dermot Weld, who is considering the Arlington Million as the next start for his colt.

Weld, Ireland's all-time leading conditioner as he approaches 3,000 career victories, saddled Pine Dance to win the American Derby last summer at Arlington, and also brought Go And Go to this country to win the 1990 Belmont Stakes.

Weld also sent two representatives to Arlington for the International Festival of Racing in 1997, finishing second with Casey Tibbs in the Grade I Secretariat and third with Dance Design in the Grade I Beverly D.

Padua Stable's Bach, bred in Ireland and European campaigned but considered a possibility for the Arlington Million, was third in the Group I Coral Eclipse at Sandown July 7.

Other European-campaigned possibilities for the Arlington Million at this time include Erik Penser's Compton Bolter, who came here for the Secretariat last year and finished fifth, and Tom Tatham's Kappa King, a winner at Chantilly.

Likely to compete in the Million from the American-based barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott are Centennial Farm's King Cugat, winner of the Grade II Arlington Classic last year and most recently victor in the Grade II Bowling Green at Belmont July 7.

Also from likely for the Million from the Mott barn are Michael Paulson & Edward White's Hap, who won the Grade II Bernard Baruch at last asking July 27 at Saratoga and the Grade III New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park before that June 23.

Other North American-based possibilities include Canada's Quiet Resolve, owned by Sam-Son Farm, most recently third in Woodbine's Grade II Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes; and the Brazilian-bred Redattore, owned by Luiz A. Taunay, who won Del Mar's Grade I Eddie Read Handicap July 28.

The $700,000 Beverly D. is offering its richest purse ever for this year's 12th renewal as the sister race to the Arlington Million. The Beverly D., restricted to fillies and mares, is run at a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington's world-famous turf course.

There are three European-based campaigners considered possible at this time for the Beverly D. They are Gary A. Tanaka's Baldwina, trained by Francois Rohaut; French-bred Boismorand, trained by M. Francois-Mathet and owned by M. Clifford; and British-bred Di Moi Oui, owned by Grundy Bloodstock.

Among the European-based 3-year-olds likely for the Secretariat at this juncture are the British-bred Aldwych, owned by H. R. H. Prince Fahd Bin Salman; Irish-bred Analyser, owned by R. E. Sangster & A. K. Collins; British-bred El Bueno, owned by Gary A. Tanaka; Irish-bred Maumee, owned by Dr. Michael Smurfit; Juddmonte Farm's Mizzen Mast, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek; British-bred Snowstorm, owned by Lord Blyth & R. P. B. Michaelson; and possibly Irish-bred King Ironbridge, owned by Johnsey Estates 1990 Ltd.

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