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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/31/09)
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In today's notes:
Gladiatorus, the Godolphin standout who won the Grade I Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba March 28 but most recently disappointed as the public choice in the Group I Queen Anne Stakes June 16 during Great Britain’s Royal Ascot meeting, has been withdrawn from consideration for the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 8 after sustaining a bruised foot.
The 4-year-old colt was due to travel to Chicago on an equine charter arriving at O’Hare International Airport early Saturday morning.
Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford released a statement that said, “Gladiatorus was diagnosed with a corn in his foot and therefore will miss the Arlington Million.
“We hope that he will recover in time to run in the (Group I) Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Aug. 16.”
The first of three transatlantic flights bringing European-based runners to Chicago for Arlington’s International Festival of Racing is due in at O’Hare International Airport early Saturday morning.
Two Arlington Million candidates – Irish-bred Cima de Triomphe and British-bred Stotsfold – are scheduled aboard the equine KLM charter.
Cima de Triomphe, owned by Teruya Yoshida and trained by Luca Cumani, was fourth in Great Britain’s Group I Coral-Eclipse Stakes in his most recent start July 4 at Sandown, but won the Group III Brigadier Gerard Stakes in his previous effort at that oval May 28.
Stotsfold, owned by Peter Harris and trained by former top European jockey Walter Swinburn, won France’s Group III La Coupe Stakes at Longchamp at last asking June 18, and was third beaten a length by Cima de Triomphe in the Brigadier Gerard despite being steadied at the start and then lacking running room two furlongs out before finishing well once clear.
One European-based Arlington Million runner and two European-based fillies for Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes are scheduled to arrive Sunday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport aboard an Air France transatlantic equine charter.
The 27th running of the Arlington Million, which annually attracts some of the world’s best turf horses, will go to the post late in the afternoon Aug. 8, preceded by the 20th anniversary edition of the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes for the world’s best grass-favoring fillies and mares and the 33rd running of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, restricted to 3-year-olds of international turf caliber.
Brazilian-bred Gloria de Campeao, an Arlington Million runner owned by Stefan Friborg and conditioned by French trainer Pascal Bary, captured the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji Racecourse in his last start May 17 during his globetrotting career, and was runner-up in the Grade I Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba before that March 28.
Scheduled aboard the Air France charter in advance of the Beverly D. – known as the Arlington Million’s sister race – are Mrs. Alec Head’s Denomination as well as Moyglare Stud Farm’s Mad About You.
Denomination finished third beaten a neck for all of it in her most recent trip to the post in France’s Group III Prix Chloe at Chantilly July 5 but won the Group III Prix Vanteaux at Longchamp last April 26. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Smart Strike out of a Storm Cat mare is trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, who saddled Maktoum Al Maktoum’s Hatoof to win the 1994 Beverly D.
Mad About You finished third in Ireland’s Group III Minstrel Stakes in her last trip to the post July 11 at The Curragh, but won Group III Gladness Stakes at that same Irish oval April 5.
The Irish-bred daughter of Indian Ridge is conditioned by Ireland’s all-time leading trainer Dermot Weld, who saddled Moyglare’s Dance Design to finish third in the 1997 Beverly D. with his only starter in that race.
A third transatlantic equine charter in advance of Arlington’s International Festival of Racing is due in Tuesday, with His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs, Ltd.’s Alnadana scheduled aboard to prepare for the Beverly D. later in the week.
Alnadana, an Irish-bred filly, won France’s Group III Prix Messidor at Maisons-Lafitte by three lengths in her last start July 18.
William Stiritz’s Proceed Bee worked five furlongs Friday morning in 59.80 in advance of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 8, and then galloped out three-quarters in 1:12 handily with jockey Chris Emigh in the irons.
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