Thursday, July 26 2012

Road to the 2012 Arlington Million - Vol. 4

Two summers ago, British trainer John Gosden brought H.R.H. Princess Haya of Jordan’s Irish-bred Debussy from his European base of operations to win the 28th running of the Grade I Arlington Million. Now it seems increasingly likely that Princess Haya’s Irish-bred colt Colombian may make that same Atlantic crossing as a Gosden representative in the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million on Aug. 18.

Although originally penciled in as more likely for the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes during Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing, Colombian, like his trainer, is of a somewhat versatile nature. In his first start this year, Colombian won the Group III Sir Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown at the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Arlington Million. In his last start of 2011, the Irish-bred colt won the listed Grand Prix du Nord Stakes at Longchamp when going the 1 5/8-mile distance. The American St. Leger will be contested at one mile and 11/16ths.

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