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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/7/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Mona Lisa, the daughter of European champion Giant's Causeway who finished third in the Group I Irish Oaks July 17 at The Curragh, is now scheduled to be Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's lone starter in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park, and is due to arrive at O'Hare International Airport Monday.

The $750,000 Beverly D. is combined with Arlington Million XXIII and the $400,000 Secretariat to make up Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing this weekend as the centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.

Also expected on O'Brien's Monday KLM equine charter from Europe is Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, on a mission of redemption in Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million. Powerscourt crossed under the wire first by a length and a half in last summer's Million renewal only to be disqualified and placed fourth.

The third horse expected on board O'Brien's Monday charter is Mrs. John Magnier's Grand Central, an Irish-bred sophomore who will challenge the cream of the crop among American-based grass-running 3-year-olds in the Grade I Secretariat, final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.

Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Virginia Waters, a fourth O'Brien trainee who was a second Beverly D. possibility, is not now an expected runner in the sister race to the Arlington Million.


An Air France equine charter carrying European challengers for Arlington's International Festival of Racing this weekend arrived late Saturday night as scheduled.

On board the Air France flight were Arlington Million candidates Touch of Land, owned by Gary Tanaka; as well as Alost, who races in the silks of Dominique Bayet.

In his last start on July 20, Touch of Land won the Group III Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne over France's Vichy course after finishing fourth in the Group I Prince of Wales's Stakes during the Royal-at-York meeting June 15.

Alost made his first Atlantic crossing this year to finish fourth, beaten a length for the win, in Belmont's Grade I Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day, June 11, before returning to the Continent. Previously, he had finished third in France's Group III Prix d'Hedouville at Longchamp on May 9.

Also on board Saturday's Air France charter was projected Beverly D. starter Tarfah, owned by Abdullah al Khalifa. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Kingmambo won Newmarket's Group III VC Bet Dahlia Stakes May 1, and then ran fifth in the Group II Windsor Forest during the Royal Ascot-at-York meeting June 15.

Earlier Saturday, a KLM charter carrying Godolphin Racing's Sundrop arrived in Chicago, and that Beverly D. projected starter was on the grounds at Arlington early in the afternoon.

The Japanese-bred daughter of 1989 Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence won Great Britain's Group III Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on June 3.

Sundrop is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, who saddled Godolphin's Crimson Palace to capture last summer's Beverly D.


Early Arlington Million favorite Kitten's Joy, owned by Ken & Sarah Ramsey, heads a list of those likely on the manifest of an equine charter flight due in Wednesday at O'Hare International Airport.

Expected on board Wednesday's equine charter flight is the group of New York-based candidates for Saturday's International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park.

Others scheduled to be on board the flight from New York are four Beverly D. projected starters: Claiborne Farm's Wend; T N T Stud's Melhor Ainda; Joan & John Phillips' Wonder Again; and Martin Schwartz's Angara.

Also expected to be on that New York flight is early Secretariat favorite English Channel, owned by James Scatuorchio, and Amerman Racing Stable LLC's Chattahoochie War.


E. J. Sukley's Secretariat candidate Purim, who was winner of this year's Arlington Classic and second by a nose in the American Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:06.80 over the Arlington Park turf course Sunday morning while the "dogs" were well out from the rail.

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