Darley Stud Management’s Dark Stranger, one of six European invaders scheduled aboard a Qatar Airways equine charter in advance of Arlington’s International Festival of Racing this Saturday, came up lame last Saturday morning while still in Europe and was taken off that flight manifest shortly before that plane’s departure.
Trained by John Gosden, the European-based but Kentucky-bred Dark Stranger had been scheduled for participation in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes for grass-favoring sophomores of international caliber.
European-based jockey Ryan Moore, originally listed for three mounts during Arlington’s International Festival of Racing on Saturday, will not be making the trip to Chicago.
Moore was scheduled to ride The Crackerjack King Syndicate’s Irish-bred Crackerjack King in Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, Andrew Stone’s Irish-bred I’m A Dreamer in the Grade I Beverly D. and the Jakkalberry Syndicate’s Irish-bred Jakkalberry in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes.
Italian-born trainer Marco Botti has named Colm O’Donahue to ride Crackerjack King and Jakkalberry, and Irish-born trainer David Simcock has named British-born jockey Hayley Turner astride I’m A Dreamer.
Although no reason was given for Moore’s late withdrawal from Saturday’s Chicago showcase, it is known that he injured a hand in a fall in an early race at Deauville last Sunday and had to give up the mount on Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Excelebration in the featured Group I Prix Jacques Le Marois later that afternoon.
Excelebration, who had finished second to Juddmonte’s Frankel in two previous Group I outings this season, subsequently won the Prix Jacques Le Marois with Christophe Soumillion in the irons.
BAYRIR, AFSARE GALLOP OVER ARLINGTON’S MAIN TRACK TUESDAY
Darley Stud Management’s British-bred Afsare, a European pre-entrant for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million trained by Italian-born conditioner Luca Cumani, jogged over Arlington’s main track Tuesday morning with British apprentice jockey Patrick Hills in the saddle.
The young apprentice is the son of highly regarded former European jockey Richard Hills who retired on Dubai World Cup Day last March 31 to become a member of Shadwell Stable’s management team.
Tuesday’s move by Afsare was supervised by Cumani assistant Charlie Henson, who supervised the early preparations of William Bellow’s Cumani-trained Summit Surge for the Arlington Million two years ago.
Also visiting the main track Tuesday morning in advance of Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes was His Highness the Aga Khan’s Studs’ European-based French-bred Bayrir who jogged once around the oval.
Bayrir, trained by French conditioner Alain de Royer-Dupre, won France’s Group I Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Lafitte in his last start July 22.
REMINDER: THREE FESTIVAL SEMINARS SCHEDULED THIS WEEK
Fans of Arlington’s annual one-day International Festival of Racing this Saturday should be reminded that three seminars are scheduled this week in advance of Chicago’s showcase afternoon of Thoroughbred racing.
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. central time there will be a “Night School” lesson on turf handicapping that will feature Arlington trainer Chris Block as a guest.
On Thursday evening at 7:30 there will be an “Arlington Million Handicapping Camp” hosted by Arlington’s morning line maker Joe Kristufek and featuring BRIS handicapper Ed DeRosa and international racing analyst Pat Cummings of Trakus.
On Saturday morning beginning at 11 o’clock in Arlington’s Starting Gate Theatre there will a question-and-answer session featuring Kristufek, DeRosa and Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form.