Pre-Entires For the Arlington Park’s “International Festival of Racing”

From the Media Team at Arlington Park:

Pre-entries for the three Grade I stakes highlighting the International Festival of Racing on Saturday, Aug. 11 were taken Friday at Arlington International Racecourse. The Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million, Grade I $600,000 Beverly D. and Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes drew early interest from 35 contenders. The Arlington Million and Beverly D. are “Win and You’re In” events for the Grade I $4,000,000 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. NBC Sports Network will broadcast live from the Chicagoland oval on Saturday, Aug. 11 beginning at 5:00 pm CDT.

The International Festival of Racing on Aug. 11 will also be complemented by the $100,000 Grade III Pucker Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/8 miles on the turf and the $100,000 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds going one mile on the main track. Named one of Chicago’s top 100 events in 2017, Arlington’s International Festival of Racing promises excitement and entertainment with a free concert by Grammy-nominated country music recording artist and songwriter Eric Paslay, and the return of award-winning singer Jim Cornelison to deliver the National Anthem alongside the Presentation of Colors by Marine Air Control Group 48.

Final entries for the Grade I events will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Arlington International Racecourse racing office. The remainder of Saturday’s card will be drawn on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The 36th Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million Pre-Entries

1¼ Miles (Turf); 3-Year-Olds and Up:

ALMANAAR (GB)Shadwell Stable (Rick Nichols)Chad C. Brown
CATCHO EN DIE (ARG)Naipaul Chatterpaul and Sotirios SakatisNaipaul Chatterpaul
CENTURY DREAM (IRE)Rabbah Bloodstock, LLC Lessee (Brian R. Thompson)Simon Crisford
CIRCUS COUTURE (IRE)Jane Chapple-Hyam and Bryan HirstJane Chapple-Hyam
DEAUVILLE (IRE)Mrs. Fitri Hay, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick SmithAidan P. O’Brien
DIVISIDEROGunpowder Farms, LLC (Thomas Keithley)Kelly Rubley
MONEY MULTIPLIERAl Shahania Stud (Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani)Chad C. Brown
OSCAR PERFORMANCEAmerman Racing Stables, LLC (Jerome and John Amerman)Brian A. Lynch
ROBERT BRUCE (CHI)Convento Viejo, LLC (Luigi D’Alessandri)Chad C. Brown
SPRING QUALITYAugustin Stable (George Strawbridge, Jr.)H. Graham Motion
TWENTY FOUR SEVENMidwest Thoroughbreds (Richard and Karen Papiese)Roger A. Brueggemann
The 29th Grade I $600,000 Beverly D. Pre-Entries

1 3/16 Miles (Turf), Fillies and Mares 3-Years-Old and Up:

ATHENA (IRE)Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael B. TaborAidan P. O’Brien
DADDYS LIL DARLINGNormandy Farm (Nancy Polk)Kenneth G. McPeek
DONA BRUJA (ARG)Dom Felipe, LLC (Ivan Gasparotto)Ignacio Correas, IV
FOURSTAR CROOKMichael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, LLC (Mike Caruso) and Gary AisquithChad C. Brown
INFLEXIBILITYKlaravich Stables, Inc. (Seth Klarman) and William LawrenceChad C. Brown
NYALETI (IRE)Chris, Rosie and Rob Batterham and Jen ReayMark Johnston
OH SO TERRIBLECarol HammersmithBradley S. Ross
PRADO’S SWEET RIDEDarrell and Sadie BrommerChris M. Block
SISTERCHARLIE (IRE)Peter M. BrantChad C. Brown
THAIS (FR)Allen Stable, Inc. (Joe Allen) and Peter M. BrantChad C. Brown
The 42nd Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes Pre-Entries

1¼ Miles (Turf); 3-Year-Olds:

ANALYZE ITWilliam H. LawrenceChad C. Brown
BANDUACalumet Farm (Brad Kelley)Dermot K. Weld
CAPTIVATING MOONLothenbach Stables, Inc. (Robert Lothenbach)Chris M. Block
CARRICKDonegal Racing (Jerry Crawford)Thomas Morley
DUBBY DUBBIEEmmet Jolley, Jack Randall and Mitch ButlerMichelle Lovell
HUNTING HORN (IRE)Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick SmithAidan P. O’Brien
LINBURGH’S KITTENKenneth L. and Sarah K. RamseyMichael J. Maker
LUCIUS TIBERIUS (IRE)Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John MagnierAidan P. O’Brien
MING (IRE)Mohammed Hamad Khalifa Al-AttiyahJoseph Patrick O’Brien
PLATINUM WARRIOR (IRE)Yuesheng ZhangMichael Halford
PONT DU GARDWimborne Farm (Diane L. Perkins)Ignacio Correas, IV
REAL STORYJeffrey S. Amling and Merriebelle Stable, LLC (John Moores and Charles Noell)Ignacio Correas, IV
SNIPER KITTENKenneth L. and Sarah K. RamseyMichael J. Maker
UNTAMED DOMAINWest Point Thoroughbreds, LLC (Terry Finley)H. Graham Motion

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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