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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/1/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Pre-entries for the Grade I Arlington Million, Grade I Beverly D. and Grade I Secretariat Stakes closed at midnight Friday with nine older horses named to the 27th running of the Arlington Million, 10 fillies and mares available for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes and 11 sophomores slated as possible for the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.

To be run Aug. 8, the only three Grade I races contested in Illinois on an annual basis make up Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing, and Arlington Million XXVII gets added international prestige for the first time because the winner will receive an automatic invitation to the Group I Japan Cup when it is run in Tokyo later in the year.

Post positions for all three races will be drawn Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago at the ESPN Zone.

European invaders for the Arlington Million, in alphabetical order are the Irish-bred Cima de Triomphe, owned by Teruya Yoshida and winner of the Group III Brigadier Gerard Stakes May 28; Brazilian-bred Gloria de Campeao, owned by Stefan Friborg and winner of the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup May 18; and British-bred Stotsfold, owned by Peter Harris and winner of the Group III La Coupe Stakes June 18.

North American-based Million pre-entries in alphabetical order are: Midnight Cry Stables' Einstein, winner of the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic May 2; Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti, winner of the Grade I Man o' War July 11; Jonathan Sheppard's Just as Well, winner of the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 11; Circle E Racing's Mr. Sidney, winner of the Grade II Firecracker Handicap July 4; Patricia Generazio's Presious Passion, winner of Grade I United Nations July 4; and Louie Roussel and Ronnie Lamarque's Recapturetheglory, winner of the Grade II Illinois Derby last year.

In alphabetical order, the three European-based fillies pre-entered for the Beverly D. are: the Irish-bred Alnadana, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs, Ltd. and winner of the Group III Prix Messidor July 18; the Kentucky-bred Denomination, owned by Mrs. Alec Head and winner of the Group III Prix Venteaux April 26; and the Irish-bred Mad About You, owned by Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd. and winner of the Group III Gladness Stakes April 5.

North American-based fillies and mares available for the Beverly D. are: Doubledown Stables Inc.'s Black Mamba, winner of the Grade II Beverly Hills Handicap June 28; Dr. John Chandler's Dynaforce, winner of the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational last year; Augustin Stable's Forever Together, winner of the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last year; Brushwood Stable's Mushka, winner of the Grade II Demoiselle two years ago; Live Oak Plantation's Points of Grace, winner of the Grade II Dance Smartly Stakes July 11; Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan, winner of the Grade III Modesty Handicap July 11; and Darley Stable's Tizaqueena winner of the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile May 2.

The Irish-bred Black Bear Island, recently purchased by R. D. Hubbard, Robert Masterson and Edward Allred, is the lone European-based 3-year-old coming for the Secretariat Stakes, but will remain in this country following the race. The Sadler's Wells colt won the Group II Dante Stakes May 14.

North American-based Secretariat pre-entries include a pair of Silverton Hill sophomores - Cliffy's Future, winner of the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes March 21, and Driving Snow, winner of the $211,000 Oliver Stakes July 7.

As the final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, other Secretariat pre-entries include Virginia Tarra Trust's Giant Oak, winner of the 75th anniversary edition of the $150,000 Arlington Classic as the Triple's first leg May 23; as well as Ashbrook Farm's Reb, winner of the Grade II American Derby as the Triple's middle leg July 11.

Completing the Secretariat pre-entries are: Ron Herrell, Keith Wexler and Brian Reed's Hoosier Kingdom, winner of the $74,000 Governor's Stakes July 14; Castleton Lyons' Laureate Conductor, winner of the $65,000 Choice Stakes July 5; Michael Talla's Oil Man, winner of Grade III Cinema Handicap June 21; William Stiritz's Proceed Bee, winner of the $50,000 Prairie Mile June 6; Jean and Ted Barlas and Michael Porcaro's Quite a Handful, most recently runner-up by three-quarters in the Oliver Stakes; and Starlight Partners Take the Points, most recently third beaten less than a length in the Grade II Virginia Derby July 18.


Midnight Cry Stables' Einstein, one of the favorites for the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 8, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 at Churchill Saturday morning with trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi in the saddle. The son of 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck recorded early splits of 12.80, 25.60, 38.20 and 50 and galloped out three-quarters in 1:16.20.


Lewis Lakin's Pure Clan, one of the favorites for the Grade I Beverly D. Aug. 8, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Saturday at Churchill, while Darley Stable's Tizaqueena breezed three-quarters in 1:15 at Arlington for that same race.

Michael Talla's Oil Man breezed seven furlongs at Arlington Saturday in 1:25.20 for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 8.

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