World traveler Archipenko, projected favorite in Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, accomplished a pedestrian seven-furlong breeze over Arlington’s turf course at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, picking up the pace to get the last quarter in :27 with regular South African jockey Kevin Shea in the irons.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Dr. A. H. Parker, Archipenko’s last two starts this year consist of an impressive tally in Hong Kong’s Group I Queen Elizabeth II Cup last April 27 and another strong victory in Great Britain’s Group II Summer Mile Stakes July 12 at Ascot.
“Everything was good this morning,” said jockey Shea following the dismount. “He’s not the greatest worker, and this morning I think the blinkers (on) gave him a little more, but he’s a different horse on race day. He always shows up then.
“The turf was riding soft this morning,” said Shea, “but I could feel his well being as he moved over it. I was very pleased with the way he felt under me.”
AMERICA’S EINSTEIN JOGS WITH TRAINER ASTRIDE
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein, winner of Churchill’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day May 3, has arrived in Chicago for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million and jogged over the local Polytrack Tuesday morning with trainer Helen Pitts astride.
Bred in South America but campaigned in North America, Einstein is the projected favorite among those runners on this side of the Atlantic. He faces a strong challenge from the three European invaders Archipenko, Mount Nelson and Spirit One this weekend.
Einstein breezed a half-mile at Churchill Sunday in :49.80 Sunday.
Also jogging at Arlington Tuesday morning was Runnymede Farm’s Meribel, a Pitts-trained prospect for Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D., the Arlington Million’s sister race.
Meribel, who gave Beverly D. contestant Dreaming of Anna a scare in Tampa’s Grade III Endeavor Stakes last winter, also breezed a half Sunday at Churchill in :48.80.
WINCHESTER IN CHICAGO AFTER DELAYED TRIP
Bertram Firestone’s Winchester, a European invader for Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes trained by Dermot Weld – Ireland’s all-time leading trainer – arrived at Arlington overnight following a delayed trip from Ireland.
Winchester’s flight from Ireland to Paris was Saturday, but a scheduled flight from Paris to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Sunday was cancelled, and Winchester accomplished that part of the journey Monday.
Jeff Byrne, Weld’s assistant who accompanied Winchester, indicated that the horse traveled well, but because of the delay an exercise originally scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until after the colt clears quarantine Wednesday morning.
SECRET GETAWAY GETS TUE. SECRETARIAT WORK; SR. HENRY WORKS WED.
The Mike Stidham-trained tandem of Sand and Cee Stables’ Secret Getaway and Barry Golden & Peter Callahan’s Sr. Henry are both “coming up well” for their engagement in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes.
Secret Getaway worked four furlongs over Arlington’s Polytrack in :49.80 Tuesday morning while Sr. Henry is slated to get his final pre-Secretariat drill Wednesday on the turf.
Stidham confirmed that Emma-Jayne Wilson will return to ride Secret Getaway in the Secretariat while Eddie Razo has the mount Saturday aboard Sr. Henry.
SNOOSE GOOSE BREEZES HALF FOR SECRETARIAT.
Joseph Novogratz’ Snoose Goose, a projected starter in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes, breezed a half mile over Arlington’s Polytrack in 49 seconds flat Tuesday morning. Arlington Park clockers caught the McLean Robertson trainee galloping out in 1:02.