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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/18/05)
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In today's notes:
Which standout European horse has the best chance of winning a race in the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park on Oct. 29?
According to a poll being conducted this week on the Thoroughbred Times website, it is Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, three-length winner of the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 13.
As of Sunday morning, more than 40 per cent of the poll's respondents voted for Powerscourt, the only horse in history to finish first under the wire in the Arlington Million for two straight years. Far back in the poll's second position, with just a shade more than half as many votes at 21 percent, was the British-bred Ouija Board, who captured last year's edition of the Grade I VO5 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The results speak volumes concerning the prominence of Arlington's International Festival of Racing on Thoroughbred rankings all over the globe.
International racing fans at Arlington Park are also reminded that reservations are being taken for Arlington Park's Million Room, which will reopen only on Breeders' Cup Day Oct. 29, so Chicago fans can watch, wager, dine and enjoy those races contested at Belmont Park in New York although Arlington's own 2005 season ends today.
Each Breeders' Cup Day ticket includes admission, program, Continental breakfast and a lunch menu featuring Panini style sandwiches and Applewood smoked beef brisket with a bourbon barbecue glaze.
Million Room television tables (including reserved seat, admission, program and TV table) are currently available for $42, and the Million Room Platform, which includes a reserved seat, admission, program and TV view is available for $40.
The Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barrière, arguably the world's most famous Thoroughbred horse race, will be simulcast "live" to Arlington Park from France on the morning of Oct. 2 along with three other French races that day.
The Arc is the seventh leg of the 2005 World Racing Championship, while this summer's 23rd running of the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 13 was the fourth leg of that championship series.
The upcoming Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, powered by Dodge, are the 10th and 11th races in the World Thoroughbred Championship, when run on Belmont Park's Breeders' Cup Day Oct. 29.
The Arc is run at a mile and a half on the grass course at Longchamp on the outskirts of Paris. Also simulcast to Arlington from the French racecourse that morning will be the Group I Prix Marcel Boussac at 10:05 a.m. and the Group I Grand Criterium at 10:45 a.m.
Post time for the Arc is 11:30 a.m. in Chicago, and the simulcast of the listed Prix du Grand Hotel Barrière will follow at 12:15 p.m.
In addition to win, place and show wagering, all four races will offer exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagering. Also, there will be a Pick 4 on all four races at Arlington Park and a Pick 3 on the last three, as well as a special daily double on the Arc and the Grand Hotel Barrière.
Earlier that weekend on Saturday at Belmont Park, fans of international racing should be able to enjoy watching several Arlington Million contestants when they match up again in the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at a mile over the Long Island lawn.
Also, sophomores who competed in this season's Grade I Secretariat at Arlington could face older horses for the first time in the Turf Classic. Last year's Secretariat winner Kitten's Joy, who races in the silks of Ken & Sarah Ramsey, solidly defeated his senior rivals -- including 2004 Arlington Million winner Kicken Kris, owned by Brushwood Stable -- in the 2004 edition of the race honoring retired Daily Racing Form turfwriter Joe Hirsch.
Several filly and mare contestants from this summer's Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington could meet again in Belmont's Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational at a mile and a quarter over the Belmont turf after traveling a mile and three-sixteenths in the Beverly D.
Jockey James Graham and trainer Jim DiVito were named jockey and trainer of the month of September at Arlington Park, and the ownership partnership of Hondo Racing Ltd., S J Stables LLC and R. T. Bockel took down owner of the month honors.
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