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Arlington Park release

Contact: Graham Ross (847) 385-7500 ext. 7319


The latest update in a constantly evolving schedule of European equine charter flights for Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing Aug. 16 has an initial invasion set for Tuesday, due in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at 12:15 p.m.

Headed by the 21st running of the Grade I Arlington Million which annually attracts the best grass horses throughout the world, Arlington's one-day International Festival also includes the $700,000 Beverly D. for turf-tested fillies and mares and the $400,000 Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-olds of international caliber over the lawn. However, those three Grade I events, the only such events offered in Illinois on an annual basis, are supported by several rich stakes on the Arlington undercard that day which also attract European invaders.

Gestut Schlenderhan's Walzerkoenigin, the European star invading for the Beverly D., will arrive on the Tuesday KLM flight into Chicago, with her estimated arrival time at Arlington approximately 2:30 p.m. Walzerkoenigin won the Group II Emilio Turati in Italy in her first start this year and was then fourth in the Group II Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Trained by Peter Schiergen, Walzerkoenigin will be ridden by Andreas Suborics in the upcoming Beverly D. That Austrian-born reinsman is familiar to Chicago Thoroughbred racing fans for winning the 2001 Arlington Million aboard the German-bred Silvano, owned by Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof.

Accompanying Walzerkoenigin Tuesday will be an exercise companion named Chan Chan, who is slated to run in the $50,000 John Henry Stakes on Aug. 17.

A second KLM international equine charter flight is due at O'Hare from Amsterdam on Friday, and among its passengers is the German-bred Arlington Million candidate Paolini, owned by Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter. Paolini, an unlucky sixth in last year's Arlington Million, subsequently ran second in the Group I Hong Kong Cup and was also second in the Grade I Dubai Duty Free this spring.

Also on the Friday flight will be Mrs. Susan McCarthy's Kaieteur, another Million candidate who was third in the Group I Coral-Eclipse at Sandown July 5 and won the Group I Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in Germany last year when running left-handed turns.

A third horse on Friday's flight will be Christopher Ransom's Joe Bear, a Philip Mitchell trained sophomore who is slated for the Secretariat.

A third European flight is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 11, with an equine passenger manifest headed by Moyglare Stud's Evolving Tactics, early favorite for the Secretariat, final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple. That Irish-bred sophomore has already invaded Arlington successfully this summer, capturing the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, second leg of the Triple, but returned to The Emerald Isle following that July 20 win.

Joining Evolving Tactics on the Aug. 11 flight are European-based Secretariat candidates Magistretti, owned by Michael Tabor; Delsarte, who races for Abdullah Saeed BelHab; and the British-bred Private Charter, who races in the silks of Robert E. Sangster.

British-bred Arlington Million prospect Beauchamp Pilot, owned by Erik Penser and trained by Gerard Butler, is also slated for the Aug. 11 flight. Beauchamp Pilot recently won the listed Cambridgeshire Handicap in course record time while carrying 131 pounds.

A fourth European flight, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 12, would bring Arlington Million candidates Vangelis and Touch of Land to Chicago. Vangelis, owned by 6 C Racing Ltd., won the Group III Grand Prix de Vichy at that French racecourse on July 23, while Touch of Land, who races in Gary A. Tanaka's colors, was second in the Group II Prix d'Harcourt and fourth in the Group I French Derby.

Expected to accompany those two Million prospects Aug. 12 are Secretariat candidates King's Drama, an Irish-bred who also races in Tanaka's emerald green, white and gold silks, and the incongruously-named France, a British-bred sophomore owned by Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor.

In another European development concerning the upcoming Million, the International Racing Bureau reported Monday that Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Jaffe's Eventuail, winner of the Group I Summer Cup at Turffontein, South Africa, last December and fourth in the Grade I Dubai Duty Free in March, will now not make the Atlantic crossing.

Million candidates in the United States are still headed by the British-bred Storming Home, owned by Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum, who has been campaigned in America in his two starts this year and is coming off a three-quarter length tally in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap June 14 at Hollywood Park.

Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, hero of Arlington's Grade II Washington Park Handicap July 19, Charles E. Fipke's Perfect Soul, most recently second in the Grade II Chinese Cultural Center July 20 at Woodbine but winner of the Grade III King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap before that, are also probable Million candidates.

3rd Turn Stables LLC's Honor in War, winner of the Grade III Arlington Handicap, final local prep for the Arlington Million run July 26, and Ralph E. & Aury Todd's The Tin Man, second by a half-length in Monmouth Park's Grade I United Nations Handicap July 5, complete the list of probable Million candidates at this time.

American-based members of the distaff set that are considered probable starters for the Beverly D. at this time are Green Hills Farm Inc.'s Voodoo Dancer, impressive neck victress in Saratoga's Grade I Diana Handicap July 26; Louis Lazzinaro, Neil Papiano & Robert J. Frankel's Pertuisane, third in the Diana; and Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley, winner of the Grade III Modesty Handicap, final local prep for the Beverly D. run as part of Arlington's Million Preview Day July 26.

John & Kris Richter's Bien Nicole, runner up in the Modesty, and Juddmonte Farms's Tates Creek, part of multiple second-place finish in the Del Mar's Grade I John C. Mabee Handicap July 26, are considered to be strong Beverly D. possibilities.

Among the American-based Secretariat probable starters at this time are J. J. Pletcher & Barry Simon's Lismore Knight, winner of the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, first leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple; Sondra D. Bender's Foufa's Warrior, victor in Delaware Park's Grade III Kent Breeders' Cup July 20; Peter Vegso's Silver Tree, most recently best in the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs July 12; Little Red Feather Racing's Singletary, second in a division of Del Mar's $85,000 Oceanside Stakes; and Naify, Sugarman & Vistas' Just Wonder, winner of the Grade III Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap June 29 at Hollywood Park.

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