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Four late nominations were added to the original list of 102 original Arlington Million XXVII nominations when the Million’s late nominations closed Wednesday.
As the traditional centerpiece event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, the Grade I Arlington Million will be contested over Arlington’s world-famous turf course at 10 furlongs on Aug. 8, and once again it is attracting top turf horses from all over the globe.
Now officially joining the list of foreign invaders for the Million when it is run for the 27th time on the second Saturday in August is Peter Harris’s Stotsfold. The British-bred winner of France’s Group III La Coupe Stakes June 18 was one of the four late Million nominations made mid-week and is slated to make his Atlantic crossing this Saturday.
Stotsfold joins three other European-based invaders expected who were original Million nominations. They are Stefan Friborg’s Gloria de Campeao, a Brazilian-bred who won the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup in his last start May 17; Godolphin’s Gladiatorus, Kentucky-bred but an internationally campaigned equine star who won the Grade I Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba on Dubai World Cup Day March 28; and Teruya Yoshida’s Cima de Triomphe, an Irish-bred who captured the Group III Brigadier Gerard Stakes May 28 as the highest-rated European horse in training at the time.
Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory, who captured the Grade II Illinois Derby last year and then ran fifth in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, was also made a late nomination to next week’s Arlington Million, as was the German-bred but North American-based Musketier, owned by Johanna Glen-Teven, as well as the Florida-bred Presious Passion, owned by Patricia Generazio.
Musketier, second to Castleton Lyons’ Million-bound Gio Ponti in Belmont’s Grade I Man o’War July 11, is also being considered for Saratoga’s Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational Aug. 15, according to his trainer Roger Attfield.
The legendary Canadian conditioner, who has saddled eight Queen’s Plate winners, also indicated that Harlequin Ranches’ Spice Route ran last weekend at Woodbine in the Grade II Nijinsky over a tiring, soft grass course and has been withdrawn from consideration for the Million.
Presious Passion, winner of Monmouth’s Grade I United Nations Stakes the last two summers, but emphatically pointed to Saratoga’s Sword Dancer a year ago, was made a late nomination to the Arlington Million this week.
Three fillies were named Wednesday as late nominations to the Grade I Beverly D. – the Arlington Million’s sister race also run on Aug. 8.
They were Live Oak Plantation’s Points of Grace, winner of Canada’s Grade II Dance Smartly Stakes at last asking July 11; Stronach Stables’ Ginger Brew, runner-up in that same outing at Woodbine Race Course; and Ronchalon Stable’s Belle Allure, an Irish-bred who was fourth in France’s Group II Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp last fall in her final European start and most recently third beaten a length for the win in Belmont’s $68,000 Donor Stakes July 22.
Veteran Arlington-based trainer Moises Yanez saddled Valerie Peterson’s Seattle Psalm to win Wednesday’s sixth race to take a one-race lead over Hugh Robertson in the Arlington trainer standings at the end of the afternoon.
Yanez, 57, born in Chihuahua, Mexico; and Robertson, 58, a native of Columbus, Nebraska, who had led the standings in recent weeks, were tied for the lead through the previous racing day Sunday.
One win behind Robertson through Wednesday’s racing program was Wayne Catalano, Arlington’s defending trainer champion of the last four seasons.
Current leading jockey E. T. Baird, who had drawn off to a solid lead in the jockey standings after a five-win day earlier this month, has had his advantage narrowed in recent days by runner-up Junior Alvarado after that Venezuelan native returned from a brief suspension.
Chicago-born Baird, 42, led through Wednesday’s races with 57 wins, while Alvarado, 24, had 54 trips to the winner’s circle. Irish-born James Graham, 30, had 51 winners through Wednesday.
CDI’s Z-5 Wager ends Sunday, but Arlington will continue with a daily High-5 wager on the last race of each racing day.
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