Arlington Park Barn Notes: Real Story May Be Back?

(Real Story, winner of the G3 American Derby / Photo Courtesy of Coady Photography & Arlington Park)

From the Media Team at Arlington Park:

Grade III American Derby winner Real Story and Grade III Stars and Stripes winner Catcho En Die (ARG) are both likely to return to Arlington International Racecourse for the International Festival of Racing on Saturday, August 11 according to their connections.

Owned by Jeffery Amling and Merriebelle Stable, Real Story set the pace in the American Derby on an uncontested lead and wired the field to victory under jockey Joe Bravo. Trainer Ignacio Correas, IV indicated that he would run back in the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Fast Bullet is a perfect 2-for-2 over the grass at Arlington. Prior to the American Derby, he defeated winners in a first level allowance event on June 15 in similar front running fashion. Correas also has Dona Bruja (ARG), winner of the 2017 Modesty Handicap, under consideration for the Grade I $600,000 Beverly D. on the same day. The 6-year-old daughter of Storm Embrujado (ARG) settled for runner-up in the Beverly D. last season.

Meanwhile, Naipaul Chatterpaul – trainer and co-owner of Stars and Stripes winner Catcho En Die – stated that the Argentinian Group 1 winner could race in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million. Like Real Story, Catcho En Die also won his Saturday stakes going wire-to-wire. Owned by Chatterpaul in partnership with Sotirios Sakatis, the 6-year-old son of Catcher In The Rye (ARG) was claimed by his trainer for $30,000 four starts back on April 21 at Aqueduct, which he won by three-quarters of a length as the lukewarm favorite. The Stars and Stripes was Chatterpaul’s second graded stakes victory as a trainer. In 2011, he took the Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park with Mission Approved.

While Real Story and Catcho En Die could return to Arlington, trainer Graham Motion has other plans for Hatoof Stakes winner Colonia (FR), who is likely to ship to Del Mar to race in the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on August 18.

Motion however is likely to be represented in the Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes by stakes-placed Secret Message who most recently ran fourth in the Grade III Regret Stakes behind Beyond Blame. The 3-year-old daughter of Hat Trick (JPN) was second in Pimlico Race Course’s Hilltop Stakes on May 18 behind Souper Striking.

In other Arlington Million news, Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin reported that 2015 Polish Triple Crown winner Va Bank (IRE) will not make the trip to the United States for the Arlington Million following his runner-up finish in the Group 3 Hamburg Trophy in Germany for trainer Andreas Wohler. Instead, Va Bank will remain in Germany for the Group 1 Grosser Mercedes-Benz Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen in Munich on July 29.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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