Secretariat Stakes Stakes (G1)
Contact: David Zenner
TREASURE BEACH FAVORED IN GRADE I SECRETARIAT STAKES; WILLCOX INN SEEKS MID-AMERICA TRIPLE SWEEP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 9, 2011) – European-based sophomore star Treasure Beach, owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, is listed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park while Arlington Classic and American Derby hero All In Stable’s Willcox Inn has been installed at 9-2 in his bid to sweep Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.
The Secretariat Stakes, the third leg of the Triple which began with the $100,000 Arlington Classic on May 28 and continued with the Grade II $200,000 American Derby on July 9, is a mile and a quarter turf test for international-caliber 3-year-olds and is one of three Grade I stakes races on the card that comprises Arlington’s International Festival of Racing. The others are the $1 million Arlington Million for older turf stars and its sister race, the $750,000 Beverly D., for grass distaffers.
An English-bred son of Galileo, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Treasure Beach stamped himself a force to be reckoned with when capturing the Group I Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh on June 26 after missing by only a head in the Group I Investec Derby at Epsom on the first Saturday in June. In his last trip to the post on July 14, the bay colt finished fourth in the Group I Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp. His regular rider Colm O’Donoghue will make the trans-Atlantic trip to pilot Treasure Beach, who drew post 3 in the 10-horse field.
The locally based Willcox Inn seeks to become the fourth horse to sweep the Mid-America Triple and the first since Honor Glide completed the feat in 1997. The Mike Stidham-trained son of Harlan’s Holiday, who will leave from post 9, has shown flexibility by winning over yielding going in the Arlington Classic and over firm ground in the American Derby. Robby Albarado, who has been aboard for each of Willcox Inn’s previous Arlington scores, gets the return call for the Secretariat.
One race that will play a significant role in the Secretariat is the Grade II Virginia Derby with the second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-place finishers all passing the entry box.
Glen Hill Farm’s Banned, listed as the 3-1 second choice, finished second, just a neck behind Air Support in their meeting over the Colonial Downs turf course last month. Prior to that, the Tom Proctor trainee won back-to-back races over the Churchill Downs lawn – the Grade II American Turf in May and the Grade III Jefferson Cup the following month. Garrett Gomez has the mount aboard Banned, who drew post 7 for Saturday’s race.
There is one other European in the Secretariat field, Ziyarid, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs. The son of Desert Style has won his last three starts overseas including the Group III Prix Daphnis at Longchamp last out on July 2. Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and slated to be ridden by Christophe Lemaire, Ziyarid is listed at 10-1 in the morning line and will leave from post 2.
Team Block’s Suntracer and Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Derby Kitten, the two-three finishers in the American Derby, return for the Secretariat and are both sons of 2004 Secretariat Stakes winner Kitten’s Joy and both listed at 15-1 in the morning line. The former, trained by Chris Block, breaks from post 6 and will be ridden by 2005 Arlington Park riding champion Shaun Bridgmohan while the latter is trained by Mike Maker and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux leaving from post 8.
Completing the field for the Secretariat Stakes (with jockey and morning line listed) are: Gary and Mary West’s Casino Host (Ramon Dominguez, 8-1), third in the Virginia Derby; Team Valor International’s Crimson China (Rajiv Maragh, 15-1), winner of the $70,000 Lamplighter at Monmouth Park and most recently seventh in the Virginia Derby; Raut LLC’s L’Aiglon (Florent Geroux, 50-1), a winner for a $25,000 claiming price July 28; and James Karp’s Newsdad (Joel Rosario, 10-1).
||James S. Karp
||William I. Mott
||His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs, Ltd (Pat Downes, Director)
||Alain de Royer-Dupre
||Christophe P. Lemaire
||TREASURE BEACH (GB)
||Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael B. Tabor
||Aidan P. O'Brien
||Team Valor International (Barry Irwin)
||H. Graham Motion
||Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc. (Gary & Mary West)
||Chad C. Brown
||Ramon A. Dominguez
||Team Block (David, Patricia & Ryan Block)
||Chris M. Block
||Glen Hill Farm (Leonard Lavin)
||Thomas F. Proctor
||Garrett K. Gomez
||Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey
||Michael J. Maker
||Julien R. Leparoux
||All In Stable (Marette Farrell, Martin Nixon, Ron Lepinski & Al Lepinski)
||Raut LLC (Gennadi Dorochenko)
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 86-day meet in 2011 from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, Sept. 25. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 12 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Villa Park and Sundance Saloon featuring Trackside OTB in Waukegan. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.