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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/10/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Gary Tanaka's Touch of Land and Dominique Bayet's Alost, two of the three European invaders in Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million 10-horse field, each cantered once around Arlington Park's main track shortly before 8:30 Wednesday morning.

Touch of Land, bred in France, captured France's Group III Grand Prix de Vichy-Auvergne at the Vichy course in his last trip to the post July 20. Previously, the 5-year-old son of Lando was fourth in the Group I Prince of Wales's Stakes during the Royal Ascot-at-York meeting June 15, was also fourth in the Group I Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp May 22, and third in the Group I Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin last December.

Aboard Touch of Land for Wednesday's canter was exercise rider Bernard Mion, while astride Alost was exercise rider Anthony Crastus.

Alost is making his second trip to the United States this year for his Arlington Million run after previously crossing the Atlantic to finish fourth, beaten a length, in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day June 11.

Godolphin Racing's Sundrop and Abdullah al Khalifa's Tarfah, two of the three European invaders in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D., also visited Arlington's main track Wednesday during training hours.

Sundrop went out on the track at 6:23 a.m., backed up to the half-mile pole, jogged back counterclockwise to the sixteenth pole and then cantered once around the oval with Godolphin exercise rider Gerry Moylan aboard.

A 4-year-old Japanese-bred daughter of Sunday Silence, who won the 1989 Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic, Sundrop's best performance this season came in the Group III Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom June 3.

Tarfah jogged back to the gate at 9 a.m., was loaded in the gate with a blanket but no rider, backed out, reloaded with the rider, backed out again, and walked back to the mile gap.

Tarfah won Newmarket's Group III Dahlia Stakes May 1 and was most recently fifth in the Group II Windsor Forest Stakes on the first day of the Royal Ascot-at-York session June 15.

Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Mona Lisa, and that same partnership's Grand Central, all conditioned by Ireland's legendary trainer Aidan O'Brien, all walked the shedrow Wednesday at Arlington's Stakes Barn in advance of their International Festival of Racing engagements.

Million candidate Powerscourt was first under the wire in last summer's Million, Beverly D. entrant Mona Lisa is coming off a win in a listed stakes at Cork in Ireland on Aug. 1, and Secretariat contestant Grand Central won at Leopardstown at last asking July 13.

All three O'Brien trainees are expected to go to the track Thursday with jockey Kieran Fallon aboard.


Arlington Million candidate Cool Conductor, owned by David Garner, jogged twice around the wrong way on the main track at about 6:30 Wednesday morning.

Cool Conductor won the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 23 as the final major local prep for the Arlington Million.

Beverly D. candidates Miss Terrible, owned by Carol & Charles Hammersmith and winner of seven Group I races in her native Argentina, galloped once around the main track at about 7:45 a.m.; while Michael Bello's Megahertz, winner of three Grade II races this year, jogged the wrong way once around about two hours later.

Secretariat candidate Purim, owned by E. J. Sukley, jogged the wrong way to the gate, was loaded in the gate twice and jogged briefly on the track. Purim won the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve July 2; and finished second by a nose in the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's July 23.


Arlington Park female employees are invited to a special tea at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cobey's West, with a group photo scheduled for 11 a.m.

Later in the afternoon, there will be a "Hat Contest," with ladies registering at the Gift Shop prior to Thursday's third race. There will be two categories: the funniest hat and the best overall hat. Five finalists will be announced in each category after the fifth race and those finalists will go to the winner's circle where the winners will be announced by Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel after the seventh race.


The equine charter flight carrying East Coast-based International Festival candidates landed in time to allow its equine passengers to arrive at Arlington at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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