(Sconsin / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

When trainer Greg Foley first saw the condition book for Arlington Million Day at Churchill Downs his excitement was evident. The reason: the inaugural running of the $200,000 Lady Tak would be staged beneath the historic Twin Spires and he could keep his prized mare Sconsin based in Kentucky to continue her path toward the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade I) at Keeneland.

          “Our home is at Churchill Downs and we ended up having to ship (Sconsin) to Saratoga last summer,” Foley said. “Things didn’t work out that day but I’m sure excited this year she can run out of her own stall at Churchill.”

          Foley began plotting a course over the winter for the Lloyd Madison Farm homebred to get to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. When the Breeders’ Cup was last staged at Keeneland in 2020, Sconsin finished fourth behind eventual Eclipse Award champion Gamine, former Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) heroine Serengeti Empress and fellow Lady Tak rival Bell’s the One.

          “The Lady Tak is still a tough race,” Foley said. “Bell’s the One is a very talented filly and on paper it looks like there is some speed that will be in front of us early. Last time out in the Chicago (Stakes), I thoughtMitchell (Murrill) gave her a great trip but we ended up begin second best that day to Lady Rocket.”

          Churchill Downs leading rider Tyler Gaffalione, who was unable to be in the saddle for Sconsin’s Chicago Stakes (GIII) run due to his commitment to ride White Abarrio in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (GIII), will be in town from Saratoga for Saturday’s special one-day program to pilot the Include mare from post No. 2.

          “We’re taking things one race at a time but we’re coming into Saturday’s race doing great and looking forward to the next three months until the Breeders’ Cup,” Foley said.

          Here’s the field for the Lady Tak from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Bell’s the One (Corey Lanerie, Neil Pessin, 7-5); Sconsin (Gaffalione, Foley, 1-1); Joyful Cadence (Rey Gutierrez, John Ortiz, 5-1); Lovemesomeme (Brian Hernandez Jr., Tommy Drury, 6-1); and Music City Star (Jose Lopez, Chris Davis, 20-1).

          The Lady Tak will go as Race 7 Saturday with a post time of 4:09 p.m. (all times Eastern).

FRANCO TO ATTEMPT ARLINGTON MILLION, BEVERLY D. SWEEP ABOARD BROWN TRAINEES – Multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown has been nothing short of dominant over the last decade with his trainees in the Arlington Million (Grade I) and Beverly D. (GI). On Saturday, the veteran horseman will trust the riding services of New York-based rider Manny Franco with Sacred Life(FR) in the $1 million Arlington Million and Rougir (FR) in the $500,000 Beverly D.

          “Manny has really come a long way with his skill,” Brown said Wednesday from Saratoga following Franco’s victory aboard Inflation Adjusted in Race 5. “He really pays attention a lot, is always trying to get better at his profession and I see him at the best he’s ever been right now. He has a really good agent with Jon Panagot who’s really great to work with and he fits a lot of our horses well. He’s willing to ride any level of horse. I find him equally effective on turf or dirt and he normally puts my horses in good positions.”

          The 27-year-old Franco has five other calls on Saturday aside from Brown’s duo. His other mounts areIntrigue (Race 2), Teepu (Race 3), Zeitlos (Race 4), California Twirl (Race 6) and Keystone Field (Race 10).

          Brown will be in search of his of his record extending fifth victory in the Arlington Million. He first won the storied race in 2013 with Real Solution. Four years later he was victorious with Beach Patrol and followed up that win in 2018-19 with Robert Bruce (CHI) and the great Bricks and Mortar.

          In the Beverly D., Brown is also the record holder for the most victories by a trainer with six. His first win the Beverly D. came in 2011 with Stacelita (FR). From 2015-19 he won the 1 1/8-mile race withWatsdachances (IRE), Sea Calisi (FR), Dacita (CHI) and back-to-back runnings with Sistercharlie (IRE).

          Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Wonder Stables and Bethlehem Stables’ recent $162,000 Monmouth Stakes (GIII) winner Sacred Life was installed as the 9-2 fourth choice on the morning line in Saturday’s Arlington Million while Peter Brant and Michael Tabor’s Group I winner Rougir was tabbed as the 2-1 favorite in the Beverly D.

Saturday’s first post at Churchill Downs is 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Arlington Million will go as the Race 11 finale at 6:25 p.m. The Beverly D. will be staged six races early in Race 5 at 3:01 p.m.

The Arlington Million will be conducted in Lane 1 on the Matt Winn Turf Course while the Beverly D. will be contested in Lane 3, 24 feet from the inside rail.

          Fans can still purchase tickets for Arlington Million Day. For ticket options and more information, visitwww.churchilldowns.com.

          Wagering is available for the Arlington Million and every race from Churchill Downs onwww.TwinSpires.com, the official wagering provider of Churchill Downs Inc. and the Kentucky Derby.

BROWN LEADS ALL TRAINERS WITH 10 GRADE 1 WINS IN 2022 – Four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown, who is scheduled to run Sacred Life (FR) in the $1 million Arlington Million and Rougir (FR) in the $500,000 Beverly D, leads all trainers with 10 Grade I wins in the United States in 2022.

          Grade I races are the highest rated races in the country established by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee. Horses winning Grade I races, which consistently attract the highest quality of competetion, may reliably be considered as superior race stock. To date, there have been 46 Grade I races run in America this year.

          Trainers with multiple U.S. Grade I wins in 2022: Brown (10), Todd Pletcher (6), Steve Asmussen (4), Brad Cox (4), Bill Mott (3), Phil D’Amato (2) and Brendan Walsh (2).

          Brown’s Grade I wins: April 9 Blue Grass (Zandon), April 16 Jenny Wiley (Regal Glory), May 21 Preakness (Early Voting), June 10 New York (Bleecker Street), June 11 Just A Game (Regal Glory), June 11 Woody Stephens (Jack Christopher), June 11 Manhattan (Tribhuvan-FR), July 9 Belmont Oaks (McKulick-GB), July 16 Diana (In Italian-GB) and July 23 United Nations (Adhamo-IRE).

SANTIN SEEKS TO JOIN ELITE CAST Santin, winner of the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI) on Kentucky Derby Day, will attempt to join Count Again (Frank E. Kilroe Mile and Shoemaker Mile), Cyberknife (Arkansas Derby and Haskell), Jackie’s Warrior (Churchill Downs and A.G. Vanderbilt), Life Is Good (Pegasus World Cup and Whitney), Nest (Ashland and Coaching Club American Oaks) and Regal Glory (Jenny Wiley and Just a Game) as dual U.S. Grade I winners in 2022 when he starts in Saturday’s $1 million Arlington Million (GI) at Churchill Downs.

GRADE I WINNERS ENTERED SATURDAY

          Arlington Million: Santin (2022 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic) and Smooth Like Strait (2021 Shoemaker Mile)

          Beverly D.: Rougir (FR) (2021 Prix de l’Opera)

          Lady Tak: Bell’s the One (2020 Derby City Distaff)

GRADE II WINNERS ENTERED SATURDAY

          Arlington Million: Field Pass (2021 Seabiscuit) and Set Piece (GB) (2021 Wise Dan and 2022 Dinner Party)

          Beverly D.: Lily Pond (IRE) (2022 Kilboy Estate) and Princess Grace (2020 Mrs. Revere and 2021 Yellow Ribbon)

          Lady Tak: Sconsin (2020 Eight Belles)

MILLIONAIRES ENTERED SATURDAY

          Bell’s the One ($1,671,675)

Smooth Like Strait ($1,581,573)

Field Pass ($1,142,696)

Princess Grace ($1,086,160)

SPECIAL TWO-DAY ‘BLUEGRASS PICK 6’ HIGHLIGHTS SATURDAY’S ARLINGTON MILLION DAY WAGERING MENU AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – A special two-day $1 Pick 6 including stakes races from Churchill Downs and Ellis Park highlights Saturday’s Arlington Million Day wagering menu at Churchill Downs.

          Billed as the “Bluegrass Pick 6,” the all-stakes, six-race sequence with a low 15% takeout and mandatory payout will showcase Saturday’s $500,000 Beverly D. (Grade I), $200,000 Lady Tak and $1 million Arlington Million (GI) from Churchill Downs and Sunday’s $125,000 Groupie Doll, $100,000 Audubon Oaks and $200,000 Ellis Park Derby from Ellis Park. (Note: entries for the Sunday’s card at Ellis Park will be drawn Thursday)

          The unique two-day wager, hosted by Churchill Downs, begins with Race 5 on Saturday at approximately 3:01 p.m. (all times Eastern).

          The betting menu for Saturday’s 11-race card also features three 50-cent Pick 5s with a low 15% takeout (Races 1-5; Races 4-8; and Races 7-11), three 50-cent Pick 4s (Races 2-5; Races 5-8; and Races 8-11) and the 20-cent Derby City 6 (Races 6-11), which will be paid to the most winners in Saturday’s six-race series.

          Win, Place, Show, Exacta, 50-cent Trifecta, 10-cent Superfecta, Daily Double and 50-cent Pick 3 wagers will be offered every race (on all races that qualify under Kentucky statutes for minimum field size) and the $1 Super Hi-5 will be offered in Saturday’s last race.

Thanks to cooperation from Ellis Park, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Kentucky horsemen, Churchill Downs Racetrack is hosting the Arlington Million and Beverly D. for the first time. They were previously run at Arlington Park until the racetrack closed in 2021.

Gates at Churchill Downs on Saturday will open at 11:30 a.m. and the first of 11 races will be 12:45 p.m. The final race is scheduled for 6:25 p.m.

All races will be televised live as part of NYRA and FOX Sports’ Saratoga Live programming on FS1 from 12:30-3 p.m., FS2 from 3-6 p.m. and FS1 from 6-7 p.m.

Tickets for general admission and first floor seating are $14. Reserved seating starts at $17 and reserved dining starts at $82. To purchase tickets, visit www.churchilldowns.com/tickets.

CHURCHILL DOWNS IN AUGUST? – Saturday will mark only the fifth time in Churchill Downs’ 148-year history that racing at the home of the Kentucky Derby will take place in August. In 1983-84, Churchill Downs hosted extended 93-day Spring Meets that ran from late April through Labor Day. The famed track also hosted Fall Meets in 1895 and 1922 that began on Aug. 24 and Aug. 30, respectively.

 

SATURDAY’S RACES TO BE TELEVISED ON FOX SPORTS’ SARATOGA LIVE – All races from Saturday’s special Arlington Million Day card at Churchill Downs will be televised live as part of NYRA and FOX Sports’ Saratoga Live programming on FS1 from 12:30-3 p.m., FS2 from 3-6 p.m. and FS1 from 6-7 p.m.

CHURCHILL DOWNS LIVE AVAILABLE ON SMART TVs – The Churchill Downs LIVE app is available free of charge on streaming services such as Amazon, Apple TV and Roku. Fans can download the Churchill Downs LIVE app for full access to a free HD live stream of the Churchill Downs simulcast signal.

          Saturday’s Arlington Million broadcast will feature veteran host and former Arlington Park mainstay Joe Kristufek along with chief analyst Scott Shapiro and TwinSpires.com reporter James Scully.

          Wagering is available on www.TwinSpires.com, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Inc. and the Kentucky Derby.

 

ARLINGTON MILLION DAY ON-TRACK EVENTS – On-track special events for Saturday’s Arlington Million Day card at Churchill Downs include a one-day, live money handicapping contest that will award horseplayers prize money and coveted berths to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge; between-race musical performances from the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle presentation stand by Louisville’s renowned rhythm and blues and jazz artist Robbie Bartlett; and special Chicago-inspired concessions, including Chicago Dog, Italian Beef Sandwich, Polish Sausage and Shaved Italian Ice. There also will be a special “Chicago Handshake” alcohol beverage available at the I’ll Have Another and Behave Yourself bars on the second floor of the clubhouse.

For more information, go to www.churchilldowns.com/calendar/2022-08-13.

Tickets for general admission and first floor seating are $14. Reserved seating starts at $17 and reserved dining starts at $82. To purchase tickets, visit www.churchilldowns.com/tickets.

DOWN THE STRETCH – There will be extended paddock schooling Friday at 9:30 a.m. Several Arlington Million and Beverly D. contenders are scheduled to school including Set Piece (GB) and Lily Pond (IRE). … Saturday’s National Weather Service forecast in Louisville calls for sunny skies with a high of 82 degrees and a light east wind. … Trainer Rusty Arnold II is two wins away from 400 career victories at Churchill Downs. The veteran horseman entered three horses Saturday: Baby Got Backspin (Race 1), Dre Me Less (Race 4) and Cellist (Race 11). Arnold ranks No. 10 in all-time wins at Churchill Downs with 398. Nine trainers have 400 or more wins at Churchill Downs: Steve Asmussen (846), Dale Romans (778), Bill Mott (754), D. Wayne Lukas (550), Tom Amoss (531), Kenny McPeek (514), Bernie Flint (500), Mike Maker (480) and Greg Foley (453). … Congratulations to Churchill Downs-based trainer Tom Amoss, who collected his 4,000th career win Wednesday at Saratoga when Isolate scored a gate-to-wire victory in the $135,000 Tale of the Cat. Amoss is one of only 15 trainers in horse racing history to achieve the milestone. … “Inside Churchill Downs” will get fans ready for the Arlington Million on Friday from 6-7 p.m. on ESPN 680/105.7. Those outside the Louisville area can listen to the one-hour radio broadcast live or via podcast onwww.espnlouisville.com.