(Jockey Tyler Gaffalione / Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Eight-time Churchill Downs leading rider Tyler Gaffalione has never ridden in the $1 million Arlington Million (Grade I) but hopes his debut in the storied race aboardGodolphin’s Santin brings him to the winner’s circle.

          “Santin simply has a lot of talent,” Gaffalione said from his summer base at Saratoga Race Course. “He’s been working well up here and we’re looking for a big performance out of him. Going over the pace in the race, it looks like there will be more speed up front which I think will be beneficial to him.”

          On July 30, Santin breezed a solid five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the turf at Saratoga inside his classy stakes-winning stablemate Temple City Terror (five furlongs, 1:00.40). Gaffalione was aboard fellow Brendan Walsh-trained Temple City Terror for the move and rode her to a runner-up finish last weekend in the $250,000 Glens Falls (GII).

          Two starts ago, Santin recorded his first Grade I score in the $1 million Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI). In his last start, the $750,000 Manhattan (GI), Santin was caught wide on the course and finished a disappointing sixth as the 7-2 second choice.

          Santin arrived at Churchill Downs Aug. 4 and galloped about 1 5/8 miles Friday morning. The 4-year-old Distorted Humor colt was made the 3-1 second choice on oddsmaker Mike Battaglia’s morning line.

          Here is the complete field for Saturday’s Arlington Million (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds):Set Piece (GB) (Florent Geroux, Brad Cox, 4-1); Sacred Life (FR) (Manny Franco, Chad Brown, 9-2); Field Pass (Rey Gutierrez, Mike Maker, 8-1); Smooth Like Strait (John Velazquez, Michael McCarthy, 5-2);Megacity (Gerardo Corrales, Mike Maker, 15-1);. Santin (Gaffalione, Walsh, 3-1); Admission Office (Brian Hernandez Jr., Brian Lynch, 10-1); and Cavalry Charge (David Cohen, Dallas Stewart, 20-1); Cellist (Corey Lanerie, Rusty Arnold, 15-1).

          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.

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.

CALHOUN OPTOMISTIC MR. WIRELESS CAN CONTINUE WINNING WAYS IN $200,000 FORT LARNEDJon Lapczenski and JIL Stable’s Mr. Wireless had a solid 3-year-old campaign with multiple Grade III victories to his résumé. Now, as a 4-year-old, trainer Bret Calhoun hopes the son of Dialed In can continue his winning ways in Saturday’s $200,000 Fort Larned Stakes at Churchill Downs.

          Mr. Wireless went to the sidelines last September following a fifth-place finish in the $400,000 Ohio Derby (GIII). Previously, the gelding scored back-to-back victories in the $300,000 Indiana Derby (GIII) and $500,000 West Virginia Derby (GIII). Saturday’s Fort Larned will only be Mr. Wireless’ third start of the year. Calhoun ran Mr. Wireless in a conditioned allowance race on June 5 at Churchill where he finished sixth in the one-mile event. In his last start, Mr. Wireless scored a two-length victory in the $100,000 Schaefer Memorial at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

          “He’s been doing very, very well at Churchill and we’re excited he gets to run this time out of his own stall,” Calhoun said. “He ran great last time in the Schaefer. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of speed in Saturday’s race so I’d picture him being closer to the pace. He’s sort of a grinding-type of horse but he also has decent speed.”

          One of the horses that could show speed in the Fort Larned is trained by Calhoun’s stepson Joe Sharp. Twilight Blue, owned by Carl Moore Management, finished second by a scant nose to Fulsome in his last start at Churchill Downs where he pressed the early pace but just missed. Two starts ago, the 4-year-old son of Air Force Blue also showed speed when he won a non-winners of three allowance race.

Here’s the field for the Fort Larned from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds):Artemus Eagle (Erica Herrforth, Waylon Cundiff, 30-1); King Fury (Julien Leparoux, Kenny McPeek, 2-1); Mr. Wireless (Parker, Calhoun, 3-1); Treasure Trove (Rafael Bejarano, Lynn Cash, 15-1); Twilight Blue (Brian Hernandez Jr., Joe Sharp, 5-2); Intrepid Heart (Tyler Gaffalione, Joe Sharp, 7-2); and Keystone Field (Manny Franco, Mike Maker, 15-1).

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.

ARLINGTON MILLION WINNERS CROWNED TURF CHAMPIONS

          John Henry (1981)

          Perrault (1982)

          John Henry (1984)

          Steinlen (1989)

          Tight Spot (1991)

          Paradise Creek (1994)

          Gio Ponti (2009)

          Cape Blanco (2011)

          Bricks and Mortar (2019)

 

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 $100,000 Audubon Oaks, $125,000 Groupie Doll and $200,000 Ellis Park Derby from Ellis Park.

          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.

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 – “Inside Churchill Downs” will be broadcast live Friday from 6-7 p.m. at The Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Fans can listen to the one-hour show in ESPN 680/105.7 and online atwww.espnlouisville.com. … Arlington Million contenders Sacred Life (FR), Set Piece (GB) and Smooth Like Strait all schooled in the paddock Friday morning following training. … Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquezwon’t just be working in the afternoon on Saturday’s Arlington Million Day card. The veteran rider is scheduled to work Indiana Derby (GIII) winner Actuator in the morning for trainer Michael McCarthy. Later that afternoon, Velazquez will pilot Smooth Like Strait in the $1 million Arlington Million (GI). … 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).