Saturday, August 12 2017


GRADE I ARLINGTON MILLION QUOTES


Joel Rosario (jockey, Beach Patrol, 1st): “They told me I had to get him out of the gate and get into a good position and let him find himself. It took a little bit of time, but he really found his way after. I appreciate the chance and the opportunity to be able to ride him today.”

Sol Kumin (owner, Beach Patrol, 1st): “This was the spot and the race we’ve been waiting for a year. He loves it here, Joel gave us a great ride, obviously Chad and his team had the horse ready and we’re super happy. It’s funny I’ve seen the trophy and Chad always talked about this is the best trophy in horse racing. It’s always been on the bucket list and I’m super fortunate to be here with my kids and dad. It doesn’t get much better than this.”






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GRADE I SECRETARIAT QUOTES


Jose Ortiz (jockey, Oscar Performance, 1st): “He [Oscar Performance] was sitting very comfortably in second and when I asked him to go he ran very well. I love that Brian [Lynch] gave me the opportunity on this horse. I’m very happy I won the race for them [connections John Amerman and Brian Lynch]”

John Amerman (owner, Oscar Performance, 1st): “You’re never confident until the finish line but they were very good horses and so we’re delighted Jose could ride so well and beat him. I said good luck [to Jose Ortiz before the race] because he knows the horse and has ridden him ever since his first race.”





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Friday, August 11 2017


Arlington International Racecourse Barn Notes: Friday, August 11


Permian Prepared for Secretariat Performance
• Ascend Seeks Second Grade I in Arlington Million
• Rouget’s Duo Get Final Prep Before Million Day

PERMIAN PREPARED FOR SECRETARIAT PERFORMANCE

With Scottish withdrawn from Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, the onus is on Mark Johnston trainee Permian to bring home a win for Team Godolphin in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes. If that puts any pressure on the Royal Ascot winner, he has not shown it in his morning gallops at Arlington International Racecourse. Going to the track for the first time without the company of Scottish, the 3-year-old son of Teofilo (IRE) took the change in stride and without turning a hair. After cantering a full lap around the course, the colt strolled through the paddock to school, taking his time before returning to the track and taking another lap. In total he spent about 30 minutes out on the racecourse.





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Sunday, August 16 2015


2015 ARLINGTON MILLION (GI) STAKES QUOTES


Florent Geroux (jockey, The Pizza Man, winner): “I’m always confident when I ride him, he loves to win and knows where the wire is. But I had no horse the whole way, it looked like he was struggling over the very soft track but when I put him outside he started to hold up and grabbed the bit again and I was thinking oh boy he’s going for a big one here! He is a local horse and even going to the track there was a lot of people cheering for us and I’d like to thank them.”





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STAKES RECAP: Grade I Beverly D.


WATSDACHANCES ADJUDGED A CERTAINTY IN BEVERLY D.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Qatar Racing and Newsells Park Stud’s Secret Gesture crossed the wire first in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D., but the British-bred mare’s celebration was cut short when an objection was lodged by Irad Ortiz, Jr., who was aboard third-place finisher Stephanie’s Kitten, for interference. After a lengthy stewards’ deliberation, Michael Kisber, Bradley Thoroughbreds and Nelson McMakin’s Watsdachances was elevated into the win after Secret Gesture was demoted to third on Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse. After breaking best of all in the field of nine, the daughter of Diamond Green closed resolutely over the rain-soaked yielding turf to finish 1¼ lengths short of Secret Gesture, nipping Chad Brown-trained stablemate Stephanie’s Kitten at the wire. The adjudged victory was the multiple graded stakes-winning mare’s first at the Grade I level and sixth of her 18-race career.





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STAKES RECAP: Grade I Secretariat Stakes


HIGHLAND REEL CASTS AWAY IN GATE-TO-WIRE
SECRETARIAT WIN

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Highland Reel went right to the front under Seamie Heffernan and never looked back to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his fourth victory in the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse as part of the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million presented by Liftmaster.





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Friday, August 14 2015


International Festival of Racing Notes:  Friday, August 14, 2015


O’Brien Goes for Fourth Secretariat with Highland Reel
Wohler Back with Wake Forest in Million
Goldstream Team Confident in Secretariat Chances
War Dispatch Seeks Firm Turf in American Debut
Maid on a Mission to Set the Pace in Beverly D.
Calvados Scratched from American St. Leger





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Friday, August 15 2014


Arlington Million XXXII Advance


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 13, 2014) – Strong, short, intimidating, tenacious, and encompassing many countries and continents, Arlington Million XXXII is a lot like Napoleon Bonaparte, and much like the life of said reference the Grade I, 1¼-miles turf fixture seems to be flourishing in its thirties despite environmental turmoil. Seven top class horses – including five Group I winners and two other stakes victors hailing from Ireland, England, France, America, and Canada and representing ownerships from Ireland, America, Qatar, England, Greece and Canada – are set to test the deep waterloos of one of the world’s most competitive and often – like Le Petit Corporal himself – provocatively unpredictable racing events.





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Thursday, September 05 2013


TWO-YEAR-OLDS SPOTLIGHTED SATURDAY


ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON LASSIE AND ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 5, 2013) – High Roll and Captain’s Affair headline a field of nine 2-year-olds for Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity while 11 juvenile fillies including Maria Maria, stakes-placed Divergent View and stakes-placed Sweetsoutherndame passed the entry box for its sister race, the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie. Each race will be run at the one-turn mile distance over Arlington’s Polytrack.





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Wednesday, July 31 2013


Road to the Million


• Arlington Million XXXI: Side Glance and Indy Point Increase Global Intrigue
• Beverly D.: Royal Ascot Winner Duntle Could Be Daunting
• Secretariat: Jack Milton and Java’s War Poised and Proven
• American St. Leger: Twilight Eclipse Could Blot Out Euros





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Monday, July 15 2013


Barn Notes:  Sunday, July 14, 2013


• Remarkable Rahystrada Ready for Million after Win
• Ausus Makes Good on Peitz Promise in Modesty
• Infinite Magic Could Join Stablemate in Secretariat
• Dark Cove a Bright Spot for Ramsey Invasion





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Monday, July 08 2013


Barn Notes: Sunday July 7, 2013


SAINT LEON EXITS ARLINGTON SPRINT IN DIVINE FORM

Saint Leon has long been considered one of the best sprinters on the grounds at Arlington International Racecourse, but after Saturday’s gutsy victory in the Listed $100,000 Arlington Sprint, the 8-year-old speed demon could be mentioned as one of the best in the country. Sprinting wire-to-wire in a race turned inside-out by a bad break, the son of Stravinsky dueled the length of the stretch with Hogy, eventually turning back the highly regarded graded stakes winner to win by a head under E. T. Baird.





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