Sunday, August 16 2015


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.


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


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



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 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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Saturday, June 29 2013

Barn Notes:  Friday, June 28, 2013

• Channing Hill Set for Saturday Return
• Chris Block’s Stakes Squad Primed for July

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Friday, June 14 2013

Barn Notes:  Friday, June 14, 2013


No matter one’s spiritual, religious or otherwise transcendent beliefs, there is often something to be said for the intangible and seemingly divine power of perspective. For Voodoomon Stable owner Vanessa Nye, her experience as part of the racing industry has given her the kind of bittersweet-glazed smile and outlook one can only gain through facing the extremes of high and low within such a passion-filled field.

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WinStar Farm’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington Classic winner General Election is on target to take a stab at becoming only the second winner of the Mid-America Triple in its current all-turf configuration. The only other horse to win all three – Grade III Arlington Classic, Grade III American Derby and Grade I Secretariat Stakes – was Honor Glide in 1997. That Bonnie Heath homebred won his first stakes in the Arlington Classic and would go on to win graded stakes through his 7-year-old season – including two Grade Is.

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