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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/13/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Five years ago, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey put his personal stamp on the International Festival of Racing at Arlington when he became the first jockey in history, and the only one, 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 $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday afternoon.
Five jockeys will have a chance to accomplish that sweep this weekend, including European jockey champion Kieren Fallon, who will ride Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt in the 23rd running of the Arlington Million, Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Mona Lisa in the Beverly D. as the sister race to the Million, and that same partnership's Grand Central in the Secretariat as the final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.
John Velazquez, named Eclipse Award-winning jockey in 2004, is slated to ride Bushwood Racing Partners' Better Talk Now in the Million, T N T Stud's Melhor Ainda as the favorite in the Beverly D. and James Scatuorchio's favored English Channel in the Secretariat.
Edgar Prado is listed to ride the favorite Kitten's Joy, owned by Ken & Sarah Ramsey, in the Arlington Million, Joan & John Phillips' Wonder Again in the Beverly D. and Gene Voss, Double Down Stables Inc. & Epona Racing LLC's Embossed in the Secretariat.
Alex Solis will handle the reins on Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return in the Million, Michael Bello's Megahertz in the Beverly D. and John Moore's Legal Precedent in the Secretariat.
Finally, Patrick Valenzuela is listed in the tack on Gary Tanaka's Touch of Land in the Million, Carol & Charles Hammersmith's Miss Terrible in the Beverly D. and Amerman Racing Stables LLC's Chattahoochee War in the Secretariat.
Abdullah al Khalifa's Tarfah has been withdrawn from Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes after coming up lame behind during morning training hours.
Grand Central, one of two European-based runners named to Saturday's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, has been bought by the Hong Kong Breeders' Club and will continue his racing career in Hong Kong later this year.
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 XXIII.
Currently, McAnally shares the record of saddling 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 Paulson's Estrapade and saddled his third winner with Summa Stable & Wayne Gretzky's Golden Pheasant in 1990.
Arlington Park is celebrating the 20th anniversary of it's "Miracle Million" -- the Arlington Million staged amid makeshift tents and bleachers following the devastating fire that engulfed the racetrack grandstand less than a month before that year's big race.
Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale is the only trainer (or jockey or owner) participating in Arlington Million XXIII who was involved in the 1985 renewal. Drysdale's horse that year finished eighth behind the winning Teleprompter.
His name? Both Ends Burning.
Ireland's Aidan O'Brien will be the only trainer to saddle horses in all three of Saturday's Grade I International Festival of Racing contests when represented by Powerscourt in the Arlington Million, Mona Lisa in the Beverly D. and Grand Central in the Secretariat.
No jockey has ever won the Arlington Million-Secretariat double in the same year, but the five riders named in all three Grade I races, as well as Cornelio Velasquez, could do it 2005.
No jockey ever won the Beverly D.-Secretariat double in the same year, but the five riders named in all three Grade I races, as well as Mark Guidry, could do it Saturday.
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