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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/14/04)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

FIVE JOCKEYS WITH CHANCE TO SWEEP ILLINOIS' THREE GRADE I STAKES

Four years ago, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey put his personal stamp on the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park when he became the first jockey in history to win the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. in the same year.

Now, of course, the ultimate afternoon for a jockey during the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park would be to sweep the Million, the Beverly D., and the Secretariat Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

Amazingly, five jockeys -- easily the most in Festival history -- will have a chance to accomplish that sweep this weekend. Two of those, Edgar Prado and Jamie Spencer, have never ridden in any Festival race previously, while the other three -- Jerry Bailey, Pat Day and Frankie Dettori -- are longtime Festival veterans.

TWO TRAINERS WITH CHANCE TO SWEEP FESTIVAL 3

No trainer has ever saddled the winners of all three Festival races in the same season, although two years ago, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel saddled Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow to win the Million and Juddmonte's Chiselling to win the Secretariat.

In addition to his Million score with Beat Hollow and another with Juddmonte's Chester House in 2000, Frankel won the Beverly D. last year with Juddmonte's Heat Haze and another nine years ago with Blue Vista Inc.'s Possibly Perfect.

This year, Frankel returns to the Festival with a troika, and will be represented by Bloodstock Management Services Inc. & Cheveley Park Stud Ltd.'s Vangelis in the Million, Alain Falourd, Hubert Guy & Robert Trussell's Commercante in the Beverly D. and Peter G. Angelos' Greek Sun in the Secretariat.

Also this season, Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, who conditioned Jayeff B Stables' Ciro to win the 2000 Secretariat, comes into the Festival with Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt in the Arlington Million, Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Necklace in the Beverly D. and those same partners' Moscow Ballet in the Secretariat.

RECORD 4TH MILLION VICTOR FOR McANALLY COULD BE SWEET RETURN

Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally could establish a record by saddling his fourth Million winner should Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return capture Arlington Million XXII.

Currently, Ron McAnally shares the record of three Million winners with the late Hall of Fame conditioner Charlie Whittingham.

McAnally won the race twice with Dotsam Stable's John Henry in 1981 and again in 1984, and then returned to the winner's circle with VHW Stable, Corradini & Whitman et al.'s Tight Spot in 1991.

Whittingham won the second Arlington Million with Baron Von Zuylen & Sidney Fradkoff's Perrault in 1982, came back in 1986 to win with Allen E. Paulson's Estrapade and saddled his third winner with Summa Stable & Wayne Gretzky's Golden Pheasant in 1990.

OTHER POSSIBLE FESTIVAL FIRSTS

  No owner, trainer or jockey has ever won the Arlington Million in back-to-back years but Godolphin Racing Inc. and trainer Saeed bin Suroor could accomplish that feat should Vespone win this year's running.

  No owner or trainer has ever won the Beverly D. in back-to-back years but Bobby Frankel could accomplish that feat should Commercante win the Beverly D. Jerry Bailey has won back-to-back Beverly D.'s with J. & J. Phillips' Memories of Silver in 1997 and Gary Tanaka's Snow Polina in 2000.

  No owner, trainer or jockey has ever won the Secretariat in back-to-back years and no one could accomplish that feat Saturday.

  No jockey has ever won the Arlington Million-Secretariat double in the same year but the same five riders who could sweep the three Grade I grass races could accomplish that feat, as well as jockey Rene Douglas, who rides Team Block's Mystery Giver in the Arlington Million and Ralls & Foster LLC's Up Anchor in the Secretariat Stakes.

  No jockey has ever won the Beverly D.-Secretariat double in the same season but the same five riders who could win all three could accomplish that feat.

  Two horses who have won the Secretariat Stakes as a sophomore have come back to win the Arlington Million as an older horse. Ryehill Farm's Awad won the Secretariat in 1993 and came back to win the Million in 1995. Michael Tabor's Marlin won the Secretariat in 1996 and came back to win the Million in 1997. Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris, trained by Michael Matz, won the Secretariat last season and is a contestant in this afternoon's Arlington Million XXII.

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