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SILVANO GIVES EUROPE ANOTHER WIN IN THE ARLINGTON MILLION
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 18, 2001) -- After being allowed to settle early in Arlington Million XIX, Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano challenged for command in upper stretch, drew clear before the eighth pole and withstood a late challenge to capture the showcase event of Chicago's Thoroughbred racing season by three lengths Saturday before a crowd of 22,176.
"The pace wasn't too quick and when he picked it up and we went three lengths clear, everything was perfect," said an ecstatic Andreas Suborics, Silvano's Austrian-born jockey, "but 2000 meters (approximately the Million's mile and a quarter trip) is his best distance."
Silvano returned mutuels of $14.60, $6.80 and $4.60, while covering the 10 furlongs in 2:02.64 over a grass course rendered yielding by midday rains.
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Hap finished second, paying $5.00 and $4.00, while Brazilian-bred Redattore, owned by Luiz A. Taunay, returned $6.40 in the third position. Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan & Robert Sangster's Bienamado, who went to the post as Arlington Million favorite for the second year in a row, was never a serious threat and finished a well-beaten seventh.
The win by the globetrotting German-bred was the first for a European-based contestant in the Arlington Million since the French-bred Dear Doctor won the Arlington's classic Grade I event in 1992. Silvano's victory was also the first by a horse bred in Germany, and a watershed moment for Thoroughbred breeding in that nation.
Now positioned as the third race in the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, the Arlington Million has suddenly become an international race of an even larger dimension.
As the premier event of the summer season at Arlington Park, the Million has been a bastion of international racing since its inception 20 years ago, when American hero John Henry defeated The Bart by a nose in the inaugural running.
International racing could not have had a more fitting poster boy for its reemergence throughout the globe in 2001 than Silvano.
An intercontinental traveler of the finest order, Silvano has been earning frequent flyer miles since March. He began that month as a lion with a five and a half-length tally in the Singapore Cup at Kranji Racecourse March 3. After traveling to Dubai, the 5-year-old son of Lomitas was a good third, beaten only two lengths, when asked to go a mile and a half in the Grade II Dubai Sheema Classice at Nad Al Sheba on Dubai World Cup Day March 24.
The well-balanced, well-traveled bay then returned to the Far East to win the Group II Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong at Sha Tin April 22. He was then fifth in his most recent start before Saturday, beaten three lengths in the Grade I Singapore Airlines International Cup May 12.
Saturday's Arlington Million triumph was his first attempt at any race in the United States, and leaves him with a perfect record on the North American continent. The win, Silvano's third in five starts this year and seventh in 15 starts overall was worth $600,000 and boosted his bankroll to $2,162,530.
Andreas Wohler (trained the winner):
Simon Stokes (racing manager for the winner):
Jerry Bailey (Hap, 2nd):
Alex Solis (Reddatore, 3rd):
Kent Desormeaux (Caitano, 4th):
Gary Stevens (White Heart, 5th):
Trainer Neil Drysdale:
Patrick Smullen (Muakaad, 6th):
Chris McCarron (Bienamado, 7th):
Robbie Davis (Senure, 8th):
Corey Nakatani (Takarian, 9th):
Todd Kabel (Quiet Resolve, 10th):
Michael Fenton (Compton Bolter, 11th):
Robby Albarado (Make No Mistake, 12th):
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