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ARLINGTON MILLION NOMINEES DENON, SUANCES WIN SATURDAY STAKES
One day after Arlington Park had the highest Father's Day attendance of any Thoroughbred racetrack in the country, family-oriented Chicago racing fans could look forward to the International Festival of Racing August 17 with several updates concerning the 20th running of the Grade I Arlington Million on that day.
The Arlington Million, centerpiece of the Chicago's Thoroughbred racing season, is supported by the Grade I Beverly D. and the Grade I Secretariat to comprise the one-day family-friendly Festival on the third Saturday in August. All three races are run over Arlington's world famous turf course.
Edmund A. Gann & Flaxman Holdings Ltd.'s Denon and Red Baron's Barn LLC's Suances, both of whom are nominated to Arlington Million XX, were both victorious on Saturday over different stepping stones to Chicago's traditional showcase race.
Denon, trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel, was less than fully extended when he captured Saturday's Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park by a length and a quarter.
Earlier in the day at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas, British-bred Suances made the pace throughout in the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup to capture that nine-furlong turf test by a length and a half.
In the Whittingham, Denon, who won the Grade I Hollywood Derby last November in his American debut, returned to his winning ways following two consecutive defeats. The 4-year-old colt by 1981 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony has now won four times in 10 career starts and has earned $615,756. While campaigning in France before that, the Kentucky-bred won two of six races.
Suances had won the Grade II San Francisco Breeders' Cup Handicap by a length at previous asking April 27 using the same front-running tactics. The 5-year-old returned to competition in New Orleans in March after being away from the races for more than a year. While still in France as a sophomore, the bay captured the Group I Prix Jean-Prat by six lengths in June of 2000. Three weeks earlier, Suances won the Group III Prix de Guiche at Longchamp.
In addition to its traditional highlight status on the Chicago Thoroughbred calendar, the Arlington Million is also the fifth leg of the World Series Racing Championship (WSRC) -- a 14-race series contested on four continents. This year, the series will return to Arlington Park October 26 for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. It will be the first time in history that any single racecourse will host three legs of the WSRC in the same year.
"Denon could go to the Arlington Handicap on July 27," Frankel said following Saturday's Whittingham Handicap. As the final local prep for the Arlington Million, the Arlington Handicap is part of Million Preview Day this season, which also includes the Grade III Modesty Handicap and the $100,000 Round Table on that afternoon.
During a national telecast of the Dallas Turf Cup Saturday, CBS commentator Caton Bredar reported that the connections of Suances were also pointing the British-bred to the Arlington Million.
The Frankel-trained Skipping, owned by Juddmonte Farms, launched a bold bid to finish third in Saturday's Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park. Another British-bred Arlington Million nominee, Skipping is owned and trained by the same partnership that captured the 2000 Arlington Million with Chester House.
Frankel indicated that Skipping would probably go in the Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park July 6 in his next start.
The Frankel-trained Blue Steller, an Arlington Million nominee bred in Ireland, is likely to start next in the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park on July 6.
Juddmonte Farms' Beat Hollow, still another Million nominee trained by Frankel, is slated to make his next trip to the post in the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar July 28. Beat Hollow won the Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park June 8 and the Grade I Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs May 4.
Sam-Son Farm's Quiet Resolve, an Arlington Million nominee this season who finished 10th in last year's running, was the runner-up in the Grade II King Edward Breeders' Cup at Woodbine Race Course in Canada on Sunday.
Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 107-day meet in 2002 from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, Oct. 27. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Quad City Downs (East Moline), Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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