Arlington Park International Festival Barn Notes (8/13/11)
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In today's notes:
THREE RIDERS WITH CHANCE TO SWEEP ILLINOIS’ THREE GRADE I STAKES
Eleven years ago, retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey put his personal stamp on the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park when he became the first and only jockey in history to win the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes in the same year.
Since then, of course, the ultimate afternoon for a jockey during the one-day International Festival of Racing at Arlington would be to sweep the Million, the Beverly D. and the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on the second Saturday in August. Together, they are the only three Grade I races offered in the State of Illinois.
Jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez and Julien Leparoux – not so coincidentally the three most recent winners of the North America’s Eclipse Award – are in a position to sweep Saturday’s Festival.
Venezuelan-born Dominguez, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner, rides Gary and Mary West’s Casino Host at 8-1 in the morning line for the Secretariat, Martin Schwartz’s 3-1 French-bred morning line favorite Stacilita in the Beverly D. and Castleton Lyons’ 2-1 second choice Gio Ponti in the Arlington Million.
French-born Julien Leparoux, winner of the 2009 Eclipse Award, rides Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 15-1 longshot Derby Kitten in the Secretariat, Lael Stables’ 20-1 longshot Check the Label in the Beverly D. and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 30-1 longshot Dean’s Kitten in the Arlington Million.
American-born Garrett Gomez, winner of the 2008 and 2007 Eclipse Awards, is set for the reins on Glen Hill Farm’s 3-1 early second choice Banned in the Secretariat, Robert Scarborough’s 9-2 early third choice Cheetah in the Beverly D. and Pasquale Vizzoni’s 50-1 longshot General Perfect in the Million.
CLEMENT WITH CHANCE TO WIN MILLION, BEVERLY D. IN SAME SEASON
No trainer in the history of Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing has ever saddled the winners of the Arlington Million and its sister race the Beverly D. in the same season, but French-born conditioner Christophe Clement would appear to have an excellent choice to accomplish that feat in 2011.
Clement will saddle British-bred Cheetah, owned by Robert Scarborough and a filly that was pegged as the 9-2 in the early line for the Beverly D., and then return to the paddock to saddle Castleton Lyons’ Gio Ponti, installed as the 2-1 second choice in the morning line for the Arlington Million.
TWO TURF CONDITIONS MIDDAY ON ARLINGTON MILLION DAY
Despite occasional intermittent light showers Friday evening in the northwest Chicago area, the turf course that will be used for Saturday’s Arlington Million, $750,000 Beverly D. and $400,000 Secretariat Stakes was listed as “firm” by track management late Saturday morning. hours in advance of the 29th running of the Arlington Million, 22nd renewal of the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes and 35th edition of the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.
Arlington’s inner turf course, to be employed for the third, fourth and seventh races Saturday afternoon, was listed as “good.”
CRIMSON CHINA SCRATCHED FROM SATURDAY’S SECRETARIAT STAKES
Team Valor International’s Crimson China, a son of Giant’s Causeway who won Monmouth’s Lamplighter Stakes in May but was seventh in the Grade II Virginia Derby July 16, was a program scratch from Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes in favor of a run in Saratoga’s Grade II Hall of Fame Stakes on Friday where he finished fifth beaten three lengths at the wire.
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