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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/9/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


What a difference a year makes! Last season, European invaders for Arlington’s International Festival of Racing finished first, second and third in the Grade I Arlington Million, first and second in Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes and took down the third position in the Grade I Beverly D. when the race was won by a mare who was bred in France and began her career in her native land.

The Europeans were not as successful Saturday although they did get the runner-up spot in the $400,000 Secretariat, second position in the $750,000 Beverly D. and a solid third in the Arlington Million. Now, most of them are ready to go home.

Peter Harris’s Stotsfold, the British-bred who was third in the Arlington Million; Teruya Yoshida’s Cima de Triomphe, the Irish-bred who ran fourth; and Stefan Friborg’s Gloria de Campeao, the Brazilian-bred who ran seventh, were all scheduled to depart Arlington at noon Sunday for return flight to Europe.

Joining them on that equine charter out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs Ltd.’s Alnadana, the Irish-bred filly who ran second in the Beverly D.

On Sunday night Moyglare Stud Farm’s Mad About You, another Irish-bred filly who was seventh in the Arlington Million’s sister race, was scheduled to return on a European flight and eventually to her home on the Emerald Isle.

R. D. Hubbard, Robert Masterson and Edward Allred’s Black Bear Island, the Irish-bred sophomore who finished second by a head in Saturday’s Secretariat Stakes, will remain in North America for the remainder of his career.

Mrs. Alec Head’s Denomination, campaigned exclusively in France until finishing sixth in the Beverly D., will leave Chicago Monday for New York to join the stable of Christophe Clement, who saddled Castleton Lyons’ Gio Ponti to win Saturday’s Arlington Million.


Dr. John Chandler’s Dynaforce, heroine of Saturday’s 20th anniversary edition of the Beverly D. Stakes, and Circle E Racing’s Mr. Sidney, sixth in Saturday’s 27th running of the Arlington Million, both left Chicago early Sunday morning to rejoin the New York-based contingent of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s barn.

Mott’s previous victory in the Beverly D. came in 2000 with Gary Tanaka’s Snow Polina, and the South Dakata native previously won the Arlington Million in 1994 with Masayuki Nishiyama’s Paradise Creek.

Jonathan Sheppard’s Just as Well, runner-up in Saturday’s Arlington Million after winning the Grade III Arlington Handicap four weeks previously, also left Arlington early Sunday morning for his home base in Pennsylvania. Hall of Fame trainer Sheppard doubles as the 6-year-old horse’s conditioner.

Ron Herrell, Keith Wexler and Brian Reed’s Hoosier Kingdom, who set the pace in Saturday’s Secretariat Stakes before tiring, left Arlington early Sunday and is now back home in Indiana.


Veteran reinsman Kent Desormeaux, who won two-thirds of the Triple Crown last year with Big Brown, on Saturday became the first jockey to win Arlington’s $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes – two of the three legs of Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing – in the same season.


Two thirds of the way through Arlington’s 2009 racing season, the race for leading rider remains locked in a tie entering the 66th day of a 98-day meeting.

Currently on even terms atop the standings are Irish-born James Graham, who had a riding double Saturday, and Venezuelan-born Junior Alvarado with 64 wins. Close behind those two with 60 wins entering Sunday’s races was Chicago-born E. T. Baird.

In the trainer standings, defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano saddled two winners Saturday, moving his season total to 28 while taking a two-win lead over conditioner Moises Yanez. One win behind Yanez was Hugh Robertson with 25.

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