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FIRST FOUR IN UNITED NATIONS 'CAP NOMINATED TO ARLINGTON MILLION
Augustin Stables' With Anticipation, Flaxman Holdings Ltd.'s Denon and Gary A. Tanaka's Sarafan, less than a length apart respectively as the first three finishers in Saturday's Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park, are all nominated to the 20th renewal of the Grade I Arlington Million August 17.
Jed Cohen's Suances, fourth in the United Nations as the choice of the fans and clearly the best of the others in the field, is also an Arlington Million nominee.
Now less than six weeks away, the traditional centerpiece of the Arlington Park racing season is part of the one-day International Festival of Racing at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval. Arlington Park's International Festival also includes the Grade I Beverly D., for the most prominent female turf stars worldwide and the Grade I Secretariat, restricted to grass-inclined 3-year-olds of international caliber.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic some hours earlier on Saturday, Arlington Million nominee Hawk Wing, owned by Mrs. John Magnier, came from just off the pace to capture the Group I Coral-Eclipse at Sandown by two and a half lengths.
The Arlington Million, it should be noted, 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 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.
Last Thursday at Hollywood Park in the Grade II American Handicap, Ralph E. & Aury Todd's The Tin Man, another Arlington Million nominee, dueled for the early lead and then held on willingly late to capture that mile and an eighth grass test by a neck.
However, in spite of those specific race results, the upcoming Arlington Million crystallized further when Juddmonte Farm president Dr. John Chandler confirmed Sunday that Juddmonte's Beat Hollow is being pointed toward Chicago's summertime centerpiece.
Chandler was at Arlington Park Saturday to watch his homebred Cetewayo win the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf. Although Cetewayo is not being considered for the Arlington Million, Chandler indicated that Beat Hollow is.
The British-bred Beat Hollow, presently in Southern California in the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, captured the Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park one month ago on Belmont Stakes Day. Five weeks before that on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs, Beat Hollow captured the Grade I Woodford Reserve at the Twin Spires oval.
Although inactive during his 4-year-old season, Beat Hollow won the Group I Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp in June of 2000. Earlier that month the chestnut son of Theatrical had finished a good third in the Group I Epsom Derby despite a troubled trip.
The Juddmonte silks -- green with a pink sash and white sleeves -- are familiar to fans of international racing as well as Arlington Million aficionados. Frankel captured the Million two years ago with Juddmonte's Chester House.
The long America's Birthday holiday weekend also included significant preps for the $700,000 Beverly D., observing its 13th renewal this year on Arlington Million Day, and two of them were contested Saturday at Hollywood Park.
In the Grade III Royal Heroine Stakes at that Southern California oval, Flaxman Holdings Ltd.'s Surya justified her favoritism by rallying boldly in the lane for a two-length tally in that grass test at one mile while drawing off late. The daughter of Unbridled, nominated to the mile and three-sixteenths Beverly D., broke her maiden last August at Del Mar going a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.
Earlier in the day at Hollywood, Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Dublino and Michael Bello's Megahertz were first and second respectively under the wire, a half-length apart, in the $500,000 American Oaks at a mile and a quarter over that left coast lawn. Dublino was subsequently disqualified and place second and the British-bred Megahertz was declared the winner. However, both sophomore distaffers are nominated to the Beverly D.
On Sunday, Irish-bred Siringas, a Beverly D. nominee owned by Skymarc Farm Inc., finished second, beaten two lengths, in the Grade III Matchmaker Handicap at Monmouth Park.
Last Thursday, on the Fourth of July program at Belmont Park, a troika of Beverly D. nominees swept the first three positions in the Grade II New York Handicap at a mile and a quarter over the grass.
Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley trailed the field early in that test but rallied to tally by a neck. Irish-bred Volga, owned by Joseph Allen, clearly gained the place despite a bumping incident in the lane, and British-bred Janet, owned by Jed Cohen, was clearly best of the others after weakening against the top two.
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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