|Arlington Park Barn Notes 8/8/03
In today's notes:
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, an Irish-bred considered the most accomplished European invader in Arlington Million history, headlined an expected field of 13 likely for Chicago's showcase Thoroughbred event as of early afternoon on Pre-Entry Friday. (Pre-entries remain open until midnight.)
The 21st running of the Grade I Arlington Million will be contested at a mile and a quarter over Arlington Park's world famous grass course Aug. 16 as the centerpiece of Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing.
Sulamani, runner-up in the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot Racecourse July 26 despite traffic problems, is due to arrive Sunday on a private transatlantic equine charter six days in advance of his Chicago engagement.
The British race at Ascot and the Arlington race next week are the third and fourth legs respectively in the 2002 World Series of Racing Championship, which recently reached a partnership agreement with Rolls Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
Sulamani was the winner of the Grade I Dubai Sheema Classic in March this year and the Group I Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) in June last year. The Hernando colt was also second in the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last October as a 3-year-old.
Other European campaigned invaders expected for the Arlington Million include the Kentucky-bred but European-raced Kaieteur and the British-bred Olden Times, third and fourth respectively in the Group I Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Great Britain's Sandown in their last starts July 5. Kaieteur races in the silks of Mrs. Susan McCarthy and Olden Times is owned by H R H Prince A A Faisal.
German-bred Paolini, owned by Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter, finished sixth in last year's Arlington Million following a troubled trip and is returning this year in an attempt to make amends for that defeat.
British-bred Beauchamp Pilot, owned by Erik Penser; Irish-bred Tripat, owned by SNC Jean-Louis Bouchard; French-bred Touch of Land, a 3-year-old owned by Gary A. Tanaka; and Kentucky-bred but French-campaigned Vangelis, owned by 6 C Racing Ltd., complete the list of those slated to make the Atlantic crossing for the Arlington Million.
North American-based Arlington Million candidates are expected to include the British-bred but recently California-campaigned Storming Home, owned by Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum and winner of Hollywood Park's Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap June 14; Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of Arlington's Grade II Washington Park Handicap on the main track July 19; and 3rd Turn Racing Stable LLC's Honor in War, victor in the Grade III Arlington Handicap, final local prep for the Arlington Million run July 26.
Also expected for the Arlington Million is the Canadian-based but Irish-bred Perfect Soul, owned by Charles E. Fipke and most recently second in the Grade II Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes at Woodbine July 20 as well as Ralph E. & Aury Todd's The Tin Man, runner-up in the Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park in his last start July 5.
Gestut Schlenderhan's German-base invader Walzerkoenigin, which means "waltzing queen" in English, will match strides with Green Hills Farms' Voodoo Dancer, named for a far more recondite step, when together they meet as many as seven other fillies and mares in the Grade I Beverly D. Aug. 16.
The $700,000 Beverly D., sister race to the Arlington Million for international turf stars of the distaff set, and the $400,000 Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-old grass stars of worldwide caliber, complete a troika of Grade I races -- the only such ranked events offered in Illinois on an annual basis -- that make up Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing on the third Saturday in August.
Walzerkoenigin won Italy's Group II Emilio Turati at San Siro May 18, and Voodoo Dancer captured Saratoga's Grade I Diana Handicap July 26.
Among those likely to oppose those two in the Beverly D. as of early afternoon on Friday were Moyglare Stud Farm's Irish-bred Dress to Thrill, victress in Colonial Downs' Grade III All Along Breeders' Cup July 12; Robert Geringer, Michael Klein & Naify et al.'s Dublino and Juddmonte Farms's Tates Creek, who both dead-heated for second in Del Mar's Grade I John C. Mabee Handicap.
Also possible for the Beverly D. are Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley, winner of Arlington's Grade III Modesty Handicap as the final local prep for the Beverly D.; Fox Ridge Farm's Riskaverse, fourth in the Diana; Juddmonte Farms' Zenda, winner of a Saratoga allowance race July 27; and Joan G. & John W. Phillips' Wonder Again, fifth in the Diana.
A late Beverly D. possibility Friday afternoon was John & Kris Richter's Bien Nicole, second in the Modesty 'Cap.
Irish-bred Evolving Tactics, winner of the Grade II American Derby July 20 as the middle jewel of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple, and J. J. Pletcher & Barry Simon's Lismore Knight, who won the Grade II Arlington Classic, first leg of the series June 29, are expected to meet for the first time in the third leg of the Triple - the Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 16 during Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing on Arlington Million Day.
American-based sophomores likely to oppose those two are Sondra D. Bender's Foufa's Warrior, winner of Delaware Park's Grade III Kent Breeders' Cup Handicap July 20; Stephen Taub, Neil Papiano & Noctis Stable's Californian, second by a neck in the American Derby; Naify, Sugarman & Vistas LLC's Just Wonder, winner of Hollywood's Grade II Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap July 29; Virginia Inman's Distinguishable, winner of an Arlington allowance race July 17; Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris, runner up in the $500,000 Virginia Derby July 12; Brett Rice's Native Hawk, second in Canterbury Park's $40,000 John Bullitt Stakes Aug. 2; and Little Red Feather Racing's Singletary, runner-up in Del Mar's $85,000 Oceanside Stakes July 23.
Evolving Tactics, who returned to Ireland following his American Derby score and comes again for the Secretariat, is to be joined by several other European invaders in that test. Among them is the British-bred France, owned by Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor. France was third in Ireland's Group II Goffs International Stakes at last asking July 12.
Also invading from Europe for the Secretariat are Christopher Ransom's Joe Bear, an Irish-bred who won Newmarket's Joe Jennings Bookmakers Rated Handicap July 18 and Gary A. Tanaka's King's Drama, an Irish-bred who was third in the Virginia Derby in his only American start.
Possible starters in the Secretariat are Jer-Mar Stables LLC's Scottago, third in the American Derby; Everest Stables Inc.'s Gato Gato Gato, fourth in that same event; and Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return, winner of the Oceanside.
Secretariat candidate Distinguishable breezed three-quarters Tuesday morning at Arlington Park in 1:16 4/5.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. had a riding double Thursday, winning the opener on My Jo Lee Stable II's Poets and Angels for trainer Gene Brajczewski, and coming back to take the eighth with Team Block's Chilling Effect for conditioner Chris Block.
Jockey E. T. Baird also had two winners Thursday, taking the fifth with Larry Bell's Glittering Racket; and capturing the finale with Dare to Dream Stable #5's Tamarack Hills for trainer Larry Rivelli.
Sunday's Pepsi Family Day theme is "Under the Sea."
Sunday's Junior Jockey Club theme is "Build a Stable" craft.
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