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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/4/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Irish-bred Cima de Triomphe, courageous winner of Great Britain’s Group III Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown May 28 and one of three Europeans invading for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, completed a slow canter around Arlington’s world famous turf course Tuesday morning in preparation for the upcoming showcase event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.

Owned by Teruya Yoshida, Cima de Triomphe is conditioned by internationally renowned trainer Luca Cumani, who saddled Tolomeo to win Arlington Million III 26 years ago.

Cumani’s head traveling lad Charlie Henson supervised the 4-year-old gray colt’s Tuesday outing in advance of Cumani’s Friday arrival in Chicago.

“He shipped well,” said Henson as he watched Cima de Triomphe complete his morning move with his ears pricked. “So far so good with him since we arrived. We had him out for a walk and trot (Monday) to let him get used to the sights and sounds of Arlington Park.”

French-Madagascan exercise rider Michel Rakotoarigoa was aboard Cima de Triomphe Tuesday morning, and horse and rider circled the paddock three times before returning to Arlington’s International Barn. The colt is the 9-2 third choice in the Million morning line.

In his most recent trip to the post in Sandown’s Group I Coral-Eclipse July 4, Cima de Triomphe finished fourth, beaten by the winning Sea The Stars, Europe’s outstanding sophomore; runner-up Rip Van Winkle, most recently winner of Goodwood’s Group I Sussex Stakes; and Conduit, hero of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and this year’s Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Regular rider Christophe Lemaire rides again Saturday.

Henson, 30, a native of Northamptonshire, England, has been with Cumani for the last three and a half years. Last winter he traveled to Dubai for the Carnival and World Cup, and then on to Hong Kong and Singapore with Cumani’s globetrotting Presvis. That British-bred finished second to Saturday’s Arlington Million runner Gloria de Campeao in the Singapore Airlines International Cup, the Brazilian-bred owned by Stefan Friborg.


Gloria de Campeao, installed as the 5-1 fourth choice in Saturday’s Arlington Million XXVII morning line, made a brief trip to Arlington’s training track Tuesday morning for some light exercise once cleared from quarantine restrictions.

Owned by Stefan Friborg and trained by Pascal Bary, Gloria de Campeao is one of three European invaders entered in the Grade I Arlington Million, contested at 10 furlongs over Arlington’s world-famous turf course.

In his last trip to the post May 17, Gloria de Campeao won the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup by a head at Kranji Racecourse. Previously, the 6-year-old finished second in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 28 at Nad Al Sheba.

Jockey Tiago Josue Pereira, aboard for the Brazilian-bred’s victory in Singapore, will be in the saddle once again Saturday.


Moyglare Stud Farm’s Mad About You and Mrs. Alec Head’s Denomination, two of the three European fillies entered for Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the Arlington Million’s sister race, both made brief trips to Arlington’s training track Tuesday morning for some light exercise once they had cleared quarantine.

Mad About You, conditioned by Ireland’s all-time leading trainer Dermot Weld, has been installed as the 6-1 fourth choice in the Beverly D. morning line. The 4-year-old filly finished third beaten two lengths in her last start in Ireland’s Group III Minstrel Stakes at The Curragh.

Irish jockey Patrick Smullen is named in the irons Saturday.

Denomination, a 3-year-old filly bred in Kentucky but campaigned exclusively in France until now, finished third beaten only a neck for all of it in the Group III Prix Chloe at Chantilly at last asking July 5. She has been installed at 8-1 in the morning line.

Denomination is trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, daughter of the owner, and the trainer who saddled Maktoum Al Maktoum’s Hatoof to win the 1994 Beverly D.

French jockey Dominique Boeuf is slated for the saddle Saturday.

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