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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/6/04)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


A full field of 14 starters was still expected as of midday Friday to contest the upcoming Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 14. Supplementary nominations (with none foreseen) close as of midnight Friday.

Four European invaders are expected to challenge 10 North American-based rivals in the 22nd running of the Million, centerpiece event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season and one of three Grade I events that make up Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing on that second Saturday in August.

Also as part of the Festival is the $750,000 Beverly D., attracting the best grass-favoring fillies and mares worldwide, and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, restricted to 3-year-olds of international caliber.

As of Friday, 13 fillies and mares were expected for the 15th running of Beverly D. with 10 North American members of the distaff set facing three European-based challengers.

Also as of midday Friday, five North American-based sophomores were slated to oppose three European-based 3-year-olds in the 28th running of the Secretariat, final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.

European runners likely for the Arlington Million are Gary A. Tanaka's Epalo, Michael B. Tabor's Magistretti, Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt and Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Vespone.

The best-known North American Million candidates are Monty Roberts' Sabiango, Robert B. & Beverly J. Lewis's Senor Swinger, Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris, Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return, and Bloodstock Management Services Inc. & Cheveley Park Stud Ltd.'s Vangelis.

Other North Americans are the Canadian-based Mobil, owned by Gustav Schickendanz; Very Un Stable's Quantum Merit; Team Block's Mystery Giver; Skeedattle II's Mr O'Brien; and Belmont Stable & Old Friends Inc.'s Hatif.

Godolphin Racing Inc.'s South African-bred mare Crimson Palace, who has raced this year in England and Dubai, heads the European contingent in the Beverly D. Ingeborg von Schubert & Gary A. Tanaka's Aubonne, bred in Germany but campaigned in France this year, is also a top European filly contender for the Beverly D., and Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Necklace, British-bred but campaigned in both England and Ireland this season, complete the invading troika.

The best-known American-based Beverly D. contenders are Gainsborough Farm's Musical Chimes, Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Light Jig, Pin Oak Stable LLC's Bedanken, Diamond A Racing Corporation's Noches De Rosa, and Willmott Stables Inc.'s Aud.

Others most recently from the United States slated for the Beverly D. are Alain Falourd, Hubert Guy & Robert Trussell's Commercante, Santa Cruz Ranch Inc.'s Stay Forever, Old Friends Inc.'s Quero Quero, Andrena Van Doren's Shaconage, and J. Paul Reddam's Tangle.

Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd.'s Simple Exchange, the Irish runner who came to Chicago last month to win Arlington's Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's July 24, heads the European Secretariat Stakes contingent, which also includes Thomas Mohan's Hazyview and Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Moscow Ballet.

Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, David E. Garner's Cool Conductor, Peter G. Angelos's Greek Sun, Shadwell Stables' Mustanfar, and Sidney L. Port Trust's Toasted were still listed as American contenders for the Secretariat as of midday Friday.


Media members interested in story or photo angles for each of Illinois' only three Grade I races that make up Arlington's International Festival of Racing should be advised that one horse from each race is tentatively scheduled to work Saturday morning over Arlington's turf course.

Arlington Million XXII, the 15th running of the $750,000 Beverly D. and the 27th renewal of the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes will all be run next Saturday, Aug. 14, as the showcase events of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, and Saturday's scheduled grass works would be the final serious preparations of each of these three contestants.

Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd.'s Simple Exchange, who has remained at Arlington in the three weeks since his American Derby score, will be the Secretariat candidate working on the local lawn Saturday morning.

Pin Oak Stable LLC's Bedanken, heroine of Arlington's Grade III Modesty Handicap, final major local prep for the Beverly D. July 24, will be the slated starter in the Arlington Million's sister race to work on the grass Saturday morning.

Team Block's Mystery Giver, second by a head in the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 24 as the final major local prep for the Arlington Million, is also working on Arlington's turf course Saturday morning.

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