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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/5/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Pam and Martin Wygod’s After Market is the long-range favorite for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million following his impressive victory in Del Mar’s Grade I Eddie Read Handicap July 22. Should he win it, the 4-year-old son of Storm Cat will automatically qualify for the Grade I John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf at Monmouth Park Oct. 27 under the Breeders’ Cup World Championships’ new “Win and You’re In” format.
Interestingly, After Market would not qualify for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge, which is also a possibility as After Market’s swan song.
After Market’s owners have announced that their Kentucky-bred colt will be retired to a stud career at Lane’s End Farm the end of the current season.
Although the silver anniversary edition of the Arlington Million this week is After Market’s immediate objective – his owners indicated that his racing career is scheduled to end in either the Breeders’ Cup Classic or the Breeders’ Cup Turf – both on the last Saturday in October.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge, highlighted by its “Win and You’re In” format, will for the first time, automatically place the winners of the 24 stakes at six of the nation’s premier racetracks into a corresponding divisional race for the 11-race, $23 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Monmouth Oct. 26 and 27.
Saturday’s Arlington Million and Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes are automatic qualifying races for starting positions in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, and Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. is an automatic qualifier for a starting position in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Together, Saturday’s International Festival of Racing’s Arlington Million, $750,000 Beverly D. and $400,000 Secretariat Stakes are the only Grade I races offered in Illinois on an annual basis.
As of Sunday morning, there are two new jockey assignments for Saturday’s International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park.
South African-bred Irridescence, owned by Team Valor Stables LLC and Green Lantern Stables, will be ridden by Weichong Marwing in the 18th running of the Grade I Beverly D. – sister race to Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million.
Marwing has served as Irridescense’ regular South African pilot and rode her to be second in the Grade I Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in her last start July 11.
Weichong and South African-based trainer Michael de Kock, conditioner of Irridescense, are due into Chicago on Tuesday.
French-born jockey Julien Leparoux has also now been announced as the rider for scheduled Grade I Secretariat Stakes contestant Shamdinan, a French-bred sophomore owned by Triple B Farms.
Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. candidate Irridescence, owned by Team Valor Stables LLC and Green Lantern Stables, jogged around the Arlington Park oval Sunday morning, guided by pony girl Theresa Martinez.
Irridescence, bred in South Africa, is the lone foreign invader for Saturday’s $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes, sister race to Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million. The 6-year-old mare arrived at Arlington Park Friday following her KLM overseas equine charter flight from Europe that got into O’Hare International Airport earlier in the day.
Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Pavarotti, winner of Arlington Park’s $100,000 Round Table Stakes July 14, has now been withdrawn from Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes, final leg of Arlington Park’s Mid-America Triple.
Todd Pletcher, Eclipse Award-winning trainer of Pavarotti, remains active in the $400,000 Secretariat with Edward Evans’ Pleasant Strike, winner of the Grade III Arlington Classic as the first leg of the Triple June 23, and subsequently fourth in the Grade II American Derby July 21 in the Triple’s second leg.
Veteran Arlington Park conditioner Christine Janks moved closer to the 1,500-career win milestone when she saddled Arbaway Farm’s Ms. Lydonia to win Saturday’s third race at Arlington Park for the 1,496th training win of her career.
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