Dorothy Gentner’s Game Ball, entered in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger as part of Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing, did not ship to Chicago and is entered in Saratoga’s Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational on the same day.
Trained by Naipaul Chatterpaul, Game Ball had been dismissed as one of four 30-1 long shots in the American St. Leger.
Grade I Arlington Million entrant Treasure Beach, a British-bred colt owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O’Brien, visited the main track shortly before 7:30 a.m. Friday for a brief canter.
O’Brien’s Grade I Beverly D. candidate Up, an Irish-bred filly owned by Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, also visited the main track as did the ubiquitous Irish conditioner’s Kentucky-bred Grade I Secretariat Stakes runner Daddy Long Legs, who is owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL RUNNERS STRETCH LEGS FRIDAY
In addition to the Aidan O’Brien-trained trio of Irish-based invaders, other European challengers went out to the main track briefly included Arlington Million candidates Afsare, the British-bred gelding owned by Darley Stud Management, who was supervised by Sarah Cumani, wife of trainer Luca Cumani and ridden by British apprentice jockey Patrick Hills; Crackerjack King Syndicate’s Irish-bred Crackerjack King, who was ridden by Lucie Botti, wife of trainer Marco Botti; Darley Stud Management’s Irish-bred colt Colombian; and Mark Hawtin’s Irish-bred gelding Wigmore Hall, who was supervised by conditioner Michael Bell who arrived in Chicago Friday.
European invaders who went to the track in advance of Saturday’s $750,000 Beverly D. included Gestut Karlshof’s German-bred filly Kapitale, with Lisa Kruellmann astride while under the supervision of trainer Andreas Wohler who arrived in Chicago Friday, and the British-bred Darley Stud Management-owned filly Joviality.
In addition to O’Brien’s Daddy Long Legs, France’s $500,000 Secretariat French-bred challenger Bayrir, owned by His Highness the Aga Kahn’s Studs, also visited the main track Friday morning.
European invaders for Saturday’s inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger who visited the track Friday during training hours included the Jakkalberry Syndicate’s Jakkalberry, with exercise rider Reese Evans up; Darley Stud Management’s German-bred gelding Zuider Zee and Eastwind Racing and Robert Trussell’s Bridge of Gold.