(Post position draw for the 2018 Arlington Million / Photo Courtesy of Arlington Park)
From the Media Team at Arlington Park:
The 36th running of the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million drew a field of 11 entrants for the 1¼-mile turf event at Arlington International Racecourse. Chicago’s marquee race attracted a bevy of worldly talent, but Amerman Racing Stables’ Oscar Performance, victorious in last season’s Grade I Secretariat, will star from stage right when they break from the gate on Saturday, Aug. 11. The winner of the Arlington Million, a “Win and You’re In” event, will receive an automatic berth into the Grade I $4,000,000 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
Trained by Brian Lynch, the multiple graded stakes-winning son of Kitten’s Joy will look to become just the fifth horse to complete the Secretariat-Million double. A three-time Grade I winner over the grass, Oscar Performance tops the Million field in career earnings with $1,967,632. The 4-year-old colt will break from post 11 under Jose Ortiz.
Aidan O’Brien will look to capture the coveted Million trophy for a third time in his career. The Ballydoyle-based conditioner will saddle Mrs. Fitri Hay, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Deauville (IRE) following close third-place finishes for the son of Galileo (IRE) in the past two editions of the Million. The 5-year-old draws in post nine under Ryan Moore.
Shadwell Stable’s Almanaar (GB), Al Shahania Stud’s Money Multiplier and Convento Viejo’s Robert Bruce (CHI), all hailing from the barn of last year’s winning conditioner Chad Brown, will be on target to give the trainer back-to-back victories in the Million. Almanaar, a 6-year-old gelded son of Dubawi, joined Brown’s stable in 2016 following a pair of Group 3 victories in France. He returned from a lengthy spell in June to fire off a win on the Belmont turf over graded stakes winner Ticonderoga. Joel Rosario will ride from post three.
Money Multiplier enters the Million off a half-length loss in the Grade I United Nations at Monmouth Park in June. The 6-year-old son of Looking At Lucky traveled to Qatar in February to finish third in the Group 1 Emirs Trophy before returning stateside to land a win in the Grade II Monmouth Handicap by three-quarters of a length over Million-competitor Divisidero. John Velazquez will be in the irons as the duo breaks from post eight.
Robert Bruce was undefeated until a troubled trip in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap cost the 4-year-old son of Fast Company (IRE) a placing and a perfect record. A four-time group winner in his native country, he captured the Grade III Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park in his North American debut on May 5 over fellow Million contender Spring Quality. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will pilot the Chilean-bred colt from gate ten.
Winner of the Grade I Manhattan for Augustin Stable in June, Spring Quality will look to land trainer Graham Motion his first victory in the Million. The 4-year-old son of Quality Road defeated three Grade I winners when making his second start of the season in the Manhattan. Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado has the mount from gate two.
Gunpowder Farms’ Grade III Arlington Handicap winner Divisidero returns to the Million after a seventh-place finish in the 35thrunning. Now in the barn of conditioner Kelly Rubley, the 6-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy looks to rise to his previous Grade I-winning form that helped him capture back-to-back Woodford Reserve Turf Classics at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard in 2016 and 2017. Jevian Toledo retains the mount as the pair draws in gate four.
Naipaul Chatterpaul saddles Grade III Stars and Stripes winner Catcho En Die (ARG) while chasing his second Grade I victory as a trainer. Owned by Chatterpaul in partnership with Sotirios Sakatis, the 6-year-old son of Catcher In The Rye (IRE) was a Group 1 winner in his native country before traveling to the United States, where he was claimed by Chatterpaul for $40,000 in April of this year. Catcho En Die gets the services of Arlington’s current leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. from post six.
The local connections of Midwest Thoroughbreds and Roger Brueggemann captured the 2015 Arlington Million in historical fashion with the first Illinois-bred winner in The Pizza Man. They team up again this season with a 5-year-old son of City Zip, Twenty Four Seven. The five-time winner was restless in the paddock prior to his sixth-place finish in the Grade III Arlington Handicap last out but finished just two lengths behind winner Divisidero. Local rider Chris Emigh will be aboard as the duo break from post seven.
Rabbah Bloodstock’s Century Dream (IRE) brings trainer Simon Crisford stateside to saddle just his second North American starter. The 4-year-old son of Cape Cross (IRE) won the Group 3 Investec Diamond Stakes at Epsom in June before a narrow loss by three-quarters of a length in the Group 1 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot. William Buick was aboard for both those starts and returns to ride the colt from gate five.
Circus Couture (IRE) will be making his fourth start for conditioner Jane Chapple-Hyam, who has owned the 6-year-old son of Intikhab since February in partnership with Bryan Hirst. A nine-time winner in Italy for trainer Marco Botti, Circus Couture has hit the board in six of his seven career starts at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. Jockey John Egan will navigate the Irish-bred from the rail over the Chicagoland oval.
NBCSN will broadcast live from Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, Aug. 11 with racing coverage beginning at 5:00 pm CDT. The 12-race card begins with a first post of 12:15 pm. The Arlington Million lands as the penultimate race on the card, with an approximate post time of 6:10 pm CDT.
Four appears to be the lucky number for trainer Chad Brown who sends a quartet of contenders for the 29th running of the Grade I $600,000 Beverly D. in search of his fourth consecutive victory in the 1 3/16-mile event for fillies and mares over the grass at Arlington International Racecourse. The winner of the Beverly D., a “Win and You’re In” event, will receive an automatic berth into the starting gate of the Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
In the past three runnings, Brown won the Beverly D. with Watsdachances (2015), Sea Calisi (FR) (2016) and Dacita (CHI) (2017). Brown also secured a Beverly D. win in 2011 with Stacelita (FR).
Two of the four runners will be hooking up for the third time this season when Sistercharlie (IRE) and Fourstar Crook contest the Beverly D. The first time the pair squared off took place at Keeneland Race Course in the Grade I Jenny Wiley Stakes on April 14, when Sistercharlie got the best of her stablemate by 2¼ lengths in her first start since a runner-up finish in the Grade I Belmont Oaks Invitational last July. Fourstar Crook turned the tables on Sistercharlie next out when the New York-bred daughter of Freud captured the Grade II New York Stakes by a head over the two-time Grade I winner. While Fourstar Crook was freshened following the New York Stakes, Sistercharlie has raced once since, defeating a stubborn Ultra Brat in the Grade I Diana Handicap at Saratoga Race Course on July 21.
Owned by Peter Brant, Sistercharlie began her career in France where she was a Group 3 winner and finished second in the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks). The 4-year-old daughter of Myboycharlie (IRE) will be ridden by Hall of Fame jocky John Velazquez, who has guided Sistercharlie in all four of her North American starts.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and Gary Aisquith’s Fourstar Crook is in search of her first Grade I win. Last season, she went on an eight-race winning streak which included her first graded victory in the Grade III Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes as well as three-stakes wins against her New York-bred counterparts. The talented bay continues to impress in her 6-year-old campaign with a pair of Grade II victories in the Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and the New York Handicap under the guidance of pilot Irad Ortiz, Jr. who has the call in the Beverly D. She will emerge from post seven and will look to become the first New York-bred to win the Beverly D.
Brown will also saddle Inflexibility and Thais (FR). Owned by Klaravich Stables in partnership with William Lawrence, Inflexibility has yet to win a graded stakes race but has secured a pair of stakes wins against fellow Ontario-breds over the lawn at Woodbine Racetrack in last year’s Wonder Where Stakes, third leg of Canada’s filly Triple Tiara, and the Carotene Stakes. The 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy may not have the resume that stablemates Fourstar Crook and Sistercharlie (IRE) bring, but she has proven herself consistent at a high level having finished in the money in nine out of ten starts. In her last effort, Inflexibility set an easy pace in the Grade II Dance Smartly at Woodbine Racetrack but could not hold off stablemate Santa Monica (GB). A victory in the Beverly D. would make her the first Ontario-bred to win the event since Dancing On a Cloud won the 1987 edition. Joel Rosario is named to ride from post eight.
Thais, a 4-year-old filly from the first crop of Rio de la Plata, began racing in her native France, where she won the Prix des Lilas at Maisons-Laffitte last June. Since arriving to the United States, the Brown trainee has been stakes placed twice and won her first race in America when coming off of a six-month layoff in an allowance optional claiming event over the Belmont Park turf. Owned by Allen Stable and Peter Brant, she boasts a consistent lifetime record of 12-3-3-3. Thais will be piloted by Florent Geroux from gate five.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien has been known for his past International Festival of Racing success with four Secretariat victories and two Arlington Million wins, but has not yet captured the Beverly D. The Ballydoyle-based conditioner sends Athena (IRE) to Arlington following a win in the Grade I Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 7. This victory took place only six days after the 3-year-old daughter of Camelot (GB) finished third in the Group 1 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh, where she was beaten 5½ lengths. The Beverly D. will be the ninth start in only four months for the filly. Named after the Greek goddess of wisdom, she will emerge from post nine under jockey Ryan Moore. She is owned by the partnership group of Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor.
Returning to the Chicagoland oval fresh off a victory in the Grade III Modesty Handicap is Daddys Lil Darling who breaks from the rail under jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. Owned by Nancy Polk’s Normandy Farm, the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy was third in the Grade II New York Handicap at Belmont Park behind Fourstar Crook and Sistercharlie before winning the Modesty. She will be in search of her second Grade I victory. Last December she rounded out her 3-year-old campaign with a win in the Grade I American Oaks at Santa Anita. She is trained by Kenny McPeek and boasts the highest career bankroll in the field with $1,306,205 in earnings.
European raider Nyaleti (IRE) is owned by Chris, Rosie and Rob Batterham in partnership with Jen Reay and in search of her first Grade I victory. The 3-year-old daughter of Arch won the Group 2 German 1,000 Guineas over the tight, undulating course at Dusseldorf on May 27 by 4¼ lengths when going a mile. Last time out, the Mark Johnston trainee was fourth in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket behind Alpha Centauri (IRE). As a juvenile, she captured the Group 3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes. Nyaleti will be piloted by Silvestre de Sousa from gate two in her North American debut.
Dom Felipe’s Dona Bruja (ARG) finished in a dead-heat for second when beaten a half-length by Dacita in last year’s Beverly D. and seeks redemption when breaking from post four under current Arlington leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. Trained by Ignacio Correas, IV she began her racing career in her native Argentina where she won the Group 1 Copa de Plata-Roberto Vasquez Mansilla-Internaciona at San Isidro in December 2016. This was her last start before joining Correas’ barn in the United States. In her American debut, the 6-year-old daughter of Storm Embrujado (ARG) won the Grade III Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes at Churchill Downs then shipped to Arlington to take the Grade III Modesty Handicap. This season, she boasts a four-length victory in the Grade III Endeavor Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on February 10.
Rounding out the field is Carol Hammersmith’s Oh So Terrible who is the only Beverly D. contender with multiple wins over the surface. Trained by locally-based Bradley Ross, the 4-year-old filly has not won since defeating winners last September, but what she lacks in recent form she makes up for with a solid pedigree. By 2011 Arlington Million winner Cape Blanco (GB), she is out of two-time Argentinian champion Miss Terrible (ARG), who won two Grade III races when racing in the United States with conditioner Bradley Ross. Ross will look to capture his first Grade I with the daughter of the Argentinian champion. She will break from post six under veteran rider Sophie Doyle.
NBCSN will broadcast live from Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, Aug. 11 with racing coverage beginning at 5:00 pm CDT. The 12-race card begins with a first post of 12:15 pm, with the Beverly D. scheduled as the tenth race with an approximate post time of 5:25 pm CDT.
Thirteen sophomores will line up for the 42nd running of the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes – a mile-and-a-quarter turf test for 3-year-olds at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Chad Brown will saddle William H. Lawrence’s ultra-talented Analyze It for the colt’s sixth career start. The son of Point of Entry has only lost twice in his five-race career, both of which were hard fought efforts behind Catholic Boy in the Grade III Pennine Ridge Stakes and the Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational. Analyze It dazzled in his first three career starts, which include a 6¼-length maiden special weight win at Belmont Park last October and wins in the Cecil B. DeMille at Del Mar and the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland – both Grade III events. He will break from the nine hole under jockey Jose Ortiz who guided Oscar Performance to victory in last year’s Secretariat. Analyze It will look to give Brown his second Secretariat victory. In 2016, Brown won the Secretariat with Beach Patrol who went on to capture the Arlington Million the following year.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien will be looking to extend his win record in the Secretariat to five when he sends out Hunting Horn (IRE)and Lucius Tiberius (IRE). The Ballydoyle-based conditioner boasts Secretariat triumphs with Ciro (2000), Treasure Beach (GB) (2011), Adelaide (2014) and Highland Reel (IRE) (2015).
Owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Hunting Horn was third beaten 1¾ lengths in the Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational in his most recent effort which was his first race in North America. The son of Camelot (GB) entered the Belmont Derby off of a 4½-length victory in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot. Third time was the charm for Hunting Horn when breaking his maiden in sophomore debut at Naas on April 13 where he defeated eventual Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Latrobe by a neck. Hunting Horn will break on the far outside in post 13 under Ryan Moore.
To the inside of Hunting Horn is stablemate Lucius Tiberius, who makes his North American debut in the Secretariat. Also sired by Camelot, he will be aiming for a third straight win after scoring a pair of victories in his native Ireland. Named in honor of the fictional ancient Roman Procurator that appeared in multiple Arthurian novels, Lucius Tiberius defeated older horses in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Nasrullah’ Handicap at Leopardstown on July 12 last time out. He sat at the back of the pack in the 1¼-mile event and made a last-to-first move at the top of the stretch to win by a nose. His prior effort took place at The Curragh in the Paddy Power Onside Handicap, which he won by 2¼ lengths under Ryan Moore. Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier, the colt will be ridden by Wayne Lordan in the Secretariat from gate 12.
O’Brien’s son Joseph has managed to get the better of his father in the prestigious Melbourne Cup and Irish Derby, both Group 1 events, and could do the same in the Secretariat with Ming (IRE). Owned by Mohammed Hamad Khalifa Al-Attiyah, the son of Pour Moi (IRE) has made four career starts and won his last two, which took place in respective three and four-horse fields. In his penultimate effort, Ming bested a pair at Gowran on June 24. Jockey Seamie Heffernan tracked the early leader and began asking Ming at the top the stretch, where he would go on to win under a hand ride by 1¾ lengths. Last out at Navan on July 14, Ming defeated three others while sitting just off the pace under rider Billy Lee. At the top of the stretch, Ming did not need much asking from his rider and went on to score by 2½ lengths. He will again be guided by Lee and breaks from post six.
Two other Secretariat contenders will be carrying the European banner. Breaking from post two under Joel Rosario, Yuesheng Zhang’s Platinum Warrior (IRE) will be attempting to make amends after a ninth-place finish in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 30 behind Latrobe, who he defeated one start prior in the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes. The son of Galileo (IRE) has been up against some of the best 3-year-olds in Ireland all year. Prior to his Gallinule Stakes triumph, he was fourth in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes at Leopardstown behind Hazapour, Ballydoyle’s Delano Roosevelt (IRE) and The Pentagon (IRE). Platinum Warrior will give trainer Michael Halford his first starter in the United States when he races in the Secretariat.
Ten years ago, trainer Dermot Weld shipped Winchester to Arlington for a victory in the Secretariat and could do the same when he saddles Calumet Farm’s Bandua for this year’s running. The Irish-based, American-born son of The Factor won his first two career outings, both at the Secretariat’s 1¼-mile distance. He stretched out even further for his next two starts – an eighth-place finish in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby prior to being beaten only 1½ lengths when running fifth in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Vinnie Roe Stakes on July 26. He breaks from post three and will be ridden by William Buick, who seeks his first Secretariat triumph.
Locally-based Chris Block is currently tied with the late Harry Trotsek for the most stakes victories at Arlington with 44 apiece. He trains Lothenbach Stables’ Captivating Moon who breaks from post seven. The son of Malibu Moon has hit the board in nine of his ten career starts, which includes runner-up finishes in the Grade III American Derby at Arlington on July 7, the Grade II American Turf Stakes on May 5, and the Grade III Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland on April 6. He owns a career debut win at Arlington last summer and an allowance win over the turf at Tampa Bay Downs on February 11. Captivating Moon will be ridden by Florent Geroux, who has taken the mount in four of the colt’s last five starts.
Trainer Ignacio Correas, IV will send out Grade III American Derby winner Real Story as well as Pont Du Gard who was beaten 2¼ lengths behind his stable mate when finishing fourth in the local prep for the Secretariat. A gelded son of the late-sire Fast Bullet, Jeffrey Amling and Merriebelle Stable’s Real Story will look for his third win in succession after two wire-to-wire victories on the Arlington turf, the latter of which took place in the Grade III American Derby. His only other career win came in his debut at Tampa Bay Downs last December when traveling a mile on turf. A half-brother to stakes winner My Afleet, the Correas trainee will stretch out to ten furlongs for the first time in Saturday’s Secretariat. He breaks from the rail under Arlington’s current leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr.
Pont Du Gard seeks his first career stakes win in the Secretariat. Owned by Wimborne Farm, the Louisiana-bred son of Liaison was beaten just over two lengths in Arlington’s two other tests for 3-year-olds on grass. In addition to his fourth-place finish in the American Derby, he was second behind Ezmosh in the Grade III Arlington Classic on May 26. Last July, he broke his maiden in his career debut over the grass at Arlington at long odds of 31-1. His only other career win took place when defeating fellow Louisiana-breds in a Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots allowance race on March 9. Mitchell Murrill gets the call from post five.
Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey won the 2004 Secretariat with Kitten’s Joy who has since proven himself as a top turf sire in North America. Two of his progeny have followed in his footsteps with Admiral Kitten and Oscar Performance winning the Secretariat in 2013 and 2017, respectively. This year, Kitten’s Joy could sire his third Secretariat winner with Sniper Kitten, who breaks from post ten under Brian Hernandez, Jr. The Secretariat is the next big step up the ladder that he appears to be climbing quite well. Since breaking his maiden at second asking over the turf at Gulfstream Park on March 17, he defeated winners at Keeneland on April 27 and won the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park on June 23. The Mike Maker trainee is out of the Catienus mare Cat on a Tin Roof – who is a full sister to three-time stakes winner Cannonball. A victory in the Secretariat would give Kitten’s Joy his eighth graded stakes win as a sire in 2018.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Untamed Domain is still in search of his first victory since last year’s Grade II Summer Stakes at Woodbine on September 17. Trained by Graham Motion, the son of Animal Kingdom opened eyes last year when a rallying second behind Mendelssohn in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar on November 3. Last out, he was promoted to fifth in the Grade III Kent Stakes at Delaware Park after being interfered with on the far turn and again in upper stretch. He will receive riding services from Irad Ortiz, Jr. as the pair breaks from gate eight.
Also entering the Secretariat from the Kent Stakes is Carrick, a Donegal Racing owned son of Giant’s Causeway who was third in the Delaware Park stakes event for trainer Tom Morley. Named after the Anglicized version of the Gaelic word for “rock”, he broke his maiden for a $40,000 tag at Belmont Park on May 12 before winning a starter allowance race at the Elmont oval where he defeated next out winners Sentry and Not in Charge. He will be Morley’s first starter at Arlington and will look to give his owners their second Secretariat victory after scoring with Paddy O’Prado in 2010.
Rounding out the Secretariat field is Dubby Dubbie, a son of Ice Box who finished third in the American Derby last time out. Owned by Emmet Jolley, Jack Randall and Mitch Butler and trained by Michelle Lovell, Dubby Dubbie has the most career starts under his belt in the Secretariat field with 12. Prior to his graded stakes debut in the American Derby, he either won or placed in his previous five starts, which include an allowance win at Churchill Downs over graded stakes winner Madison’s Luna. Jack Gilligan piloted Dubby Dubbie in his last three starts and returns to the saddle when the duo breaks from post 11.
The Secretariat Stakes is named in honor of the 1973 Triple Crown winner who broke the track record in all three American classics, including an unheard of 31-length win the Belmont Stakes. Owned by Penny Chenery and trained by Lucien Laurin, Secretariat made his first start following his memorable Triple Crown run at Arlington in the specially-designed Arlington Invitational Challenge on June 30, 1973 where he successfully displayed his talent in front of a massive crowd of 41,223.
Saturday’s 12-race card begins with a first post of 12:15 pm, with the Secretariat Stakes scheduled as the ninth race with an approximate post time of 4:48 pm CDT.