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In today's notes:
European-based candidates for the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park August 17 are scheduled to arrive in Chicago via equine air charters this weekend.
Seven Thoroughbred race horses that have been competing in England, France, Ireland, and Germany are flying in to O'Hare International Airport to contest either the Grade I Arlington Million, the Grade I Beverly D. or the Grade I Secretariat. Together the three events make up the one-day International Festival of Racing, the traditional centerpiece of the Chicago racing season on the third Saturday in August.
The first incoming equine air charter is KLM's flight #611, due in O'Hare 12:35 p.m. Saturday. Aboard the flight from Amsterdam will be Million contestants Freefourinternet, owned by Roldvale Ltd., and David Heath's Ulundi.
Also on that initial flight will be Beverly D. contestant Golden Silca, owned by Aldridge Racing Ltd., as well as Secretariat starter Love Regardless, who races in the silks of Mick Doyle.
About 12 hours later, at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, an Air France flight out of Paris will bring Moyglare Stud's Jazz Beat back to Chicago and Arlington to compete in the Secretariat, final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple. The colt by Darshaan finished a good second beaten three-quarters of a length, in the Grade II American Derby, second leg of the Mid-America Triple on July 21, but returned to Ireland during the interval.
Jazz Beat, an Irish-bred who is based on the Emerald Isle, will be boxed from Ireland to England and from England to France prior to his flight to Chicago.
Two hours later, a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt is due in O'Hare at 3:45 a.m. with Million contestant Paolini aboard. The German-bred, owned by Frau Carde Ostermann-Richter, is trained by Andreas Wohler, who saddled Stiftung Gestut Fahrhoff's Silvano to win the Million last summer.
A final flight, an Air France equine charter due in 10:50 p.m. Sunday night, is scheduled to bring Peter Willmott's Cheshire to Chicago for Arlington Million XX. Although British-bred, Cheshire has been campaigning on the Continent at ovals throughout France recently.
Summer Mis sizzled in her last trip to the post on July 20. She was unhurried early, launched a bold bid approaching the lane, drew off in upper stretch and held sway late to tally by four and a half lengths.
"She did everything perfectly," said trainer Tony Mitchell of Summer Mis, a contestant in Saturday's Grade III Singapore Plate. "It was only against 'non-winners of two other than' company, but it was the way she went about her business that impressed me. Her race in the Purple Violet (a four-length win June 22) was a good one, but I think she showed that last time that she's even gotten better since then.
"She's coming up to this race real good," said Mitchell of Saturday's main event for 3-year-old fillies that was formerly known as the Arlington Oaks. "This will be the toughest race she's ever run in, but she's earned her shot."
Despite impressive tallies in her last two starts, Summer Mis, who is owned by R. Otto Racing Stables Inc., will likely be a liberal third choice behind Pin Oak Stable's See How She Runs and John Franks & Peter Abruzzo's Lost At Sea - who last met in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks. Lost At Sea, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, was best by a head in that July 3 outing at Prairie Meadows, but was getting six pounds from See How She Runs, who will be saddled by Donnie K. Von Hemel. This time, the two will be meeting at equal weights.
It would be a mistake not to consider Summer Mis a worthy challenger with an excellent chance to upset those top two fillies.
"She loves this race track," said Mitchell, whose father-in-law Bill Boland will be on hand for Saturday's Singapore Plate. Boland negotiated a few upsets of his own, winning the Kentucky Derby aboard King Ranch's Middleground as an apprentice jockey in 1950, and later upsetting Kelso while aboard Hobeau Farm's Beau Purple in the 1963 Widener Handicap.
"My wife (Sherry) broke this filly in South Carolina," said Mitchell. "That was long before I knew I'd end up with her. I remember her coming home one night and saying, 'You know, this Summer Squall filly could be something else. She could be the real McCoy.'
"Then one day, Mr. Otto asked me what we should do with her," Mitchell said. "I told him I'd like her in my barn and he said, 'Well then, you've got her.'
"I still don't know how good she really is," said Mitchell, "but I guess we'll find out Saturday."
Jay Em Ess Stable's Miss Pickums and Donna Moore, Paul Saylor & Gene Voss's Katy Kat, both assigned 116 pounds in Sunday's $50,000 Mariah's Storm Handicap, may vie for favoritism when they face each other and five others in the nine-furlong test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward.
In her last trip to the post when going a mile on July 19 here in conditioned allowance company, Miss Pickums prompted the early pace, challenged for command entering the lane and drew off in the final furlong. Before that, the 4-year-old daughter of Afternoon Deelites had been unsuccessful when making a rare turf appearance.
Leading rider Rene Douglas, the defending jockey champion at Arlington Park, will handle reins aboard Miss Pickums, who is trained by Paul McGee.
Katy Kat, who disappointed in her last start when ninth in the $125,000 Iowa Distaff July 6, was third in the Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap in her prior outing April 28 at Sportsman's Park. By Forest Wildcat, the 4-year old Florida-bred won the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap by two and three-quarter lengths in New Orleans March 2.
Regular rider Robby Albarado will return in the irons astride Katy Kat, who is conditioned by Niall O'Callaghan.
Others in the Mariah's Storm field include Sandbar Farm's Lunar Star, 114, Eddie Baird; Richard L. Duchossois' Applesolutely, 113, Eddie Razo Jr.; Spalding Stable's Harlan Ash, 113, Zoe Cadman; George D. Michalson's Magic Motel, 112, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; and Arthur B. Hancock III's Leslie, 111, Frank Lovato Jr.
A Breeders' Cup Future Wager Seminar will be held on Saturday beginning at 11:45 a.m and continuing until 12:30 p.m. in the Starting Gate Theater at Arlington Park.
The second of four periods for a Breeders' Cup Future Bet commences Friday and runs through Sunday. Wagering will be available from noon to 6 p.m. each day.
Hosting Saturday's seminar at the Starting Gate Theater will be Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel and co-host Michael Costanzo. Panelists will be Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh and the Daily Herald's Joe Kristufek.
Four $50 wagering vouchers will be given away during the Seminar, but audience members must be present to win.
The Future Bet is a special wager that challenges fans to select in advance the winners of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races to be held at Arlington Park on October 26.
Available for wagering during this second period are future wagers on the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, the Grade I Breeders' Cup Mile and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
In each of the three races -- all grass events -- the pari-mutuel field has been listed as the morning line favorite.
Arlington Park is the host for the Breeders' Cup Future Bet that is being offered for the first time in the 18-year-history of the Breeders' Cup.
WGN-AM 720 will feature an hour about Arlington Park and the 20th running of the Arlington Million this Sunday from 8-9 a.m. Featured guests on Rick Kogan's "Sunday Papers" will be Arlington Park president Steve Sexton, author Betsy Berns, and noted handicapper Kurt Rittenburg.
Members of Arlington Park's Junior Jockey Club will learn all about Thoroughbred racing around the world this Sunday.
Falcon Flight worked five furlongs handily in 1:05:80 at Del Mar Thursday over a firm turf course in possible preparation for a start in the Grade I Arlington Million August 17.
Golden Apples worked four furlongs handily in :50:20 Thursday over that same Southern California course in probable preparation for a start in the Grade I Beverly D. August 17.
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