DOMESTIC SHIPPERS ARRIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING

Domestic shippers arrive for International Festival of Racing. They came, they’re seeing, will they conquer?

Domestic shippers from the barns of Dale Romans, Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey, H. Graham Motion, and Dale Romans arrived in good order on Thursday ahead of their starts in the International Festival of Racing on Saturday at Arlington Park.

Grade I Arlington Million morning line favorite Phipps Stable’s Boisterous arrived on Thursday via a plane from Albany that was a bit delayed because of storms in the Chicagoland area. There were no other issues, however, and the Grade III Arlington Handicap runner-up only walked Friday morning and grazed outside Barn 9.

“I just got here today, so I don’t know how he shipped, but I was happy when I saw that black and red blanket,” McGaughey assistant Robbie Medina said, adding that Boisterous would probably go to the track Saturday morning.

Priscilla Vaccarezza’s homebred Little Mike was the other Million entrant to arrive on Thursday, shipping from Louisville for trainer Dale Romans. Little Mike galloped 1½ miles, as did Romans’ Grade I Secretariat trio of Mark Bacon & Dana Wells’ Silver Max, Albaugh Family Stable’s Cozzetti, and Dongeal Racing’s Finnegans Wake.

Squaring off against Romans in the Secretariat is Waterford Stable’s Summer Front for trainer Christophe Clement, who also sends Cheyenne Stable’s Mystical Star in the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes. The Clement pair were on the same flight as Boisterous, but assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul said both horses handled the delay well.

Mystical Star jogged 1 1/8 miles Friday morning while Summer Front jogged six furlongs and galloped another five furlongs. Both horses were scheduled to school during Friday’s first race.

Also in the Beverly D. is Flaxman Holdings’ homebred Aruna, who finished second to Mystical Star in the Grade II New York Stakes last out. She shipped in well from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland for Motion, as did that trainer’s St. Leger entrant, Team Valor International’s Lake Drop.