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Million Preview Day at Arlington Park in Photos

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Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter


On Saturday, Arlington Park hosted Million Preview Day and as usual the horses were the stars of the show. But this year their brilliance was nearly eclipsed by that of jockey Florent Geroux, who won three of the four stakes races of the day.

The aptly-named Million Preview Day showcases four Grade III turf races: the Arlington Handicap, the Stars and Stripes Stakes, the American Derby, and the Modesty Handicap, which is a prep race for next month's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes on Arlington Million day.


Florent Geroux began his brilliant day with a win on Revolt (1) in an allowance.


War Dancer, a very handsome War Front colt, in the paddock prior to the Arlington H. The colt was the post-time favorite.


Local favorite Mister Marti Gras in the paddock prior to the Arlington H.

Avanzare, Drayden Van Dyke up, took the lead early and maintained it until the homestretch.


(Above & below) Finnegans Wake, Victor Espinoza up, holds off Admiral Kitten on his inside to win the Arlington Handicap by a narrow head.



Arlington Handicap winner's circle.


Suntracer, Julien Leparoux up, was the post-time favorite for the Stars and Stripes S.


Local favorite The Pizza Man, Florent Geroux up, was undefeated in three stakes wins since last September.


(Above & below) Thanks to a soft pace, The Pizza Man took the lead early.



(Above & below) The Pizza Man holds off a late charge from O'Prado Ole to win the Stars and Stripes.



After the race.


Afortable, a beautiful gray by Illinois-bred stallion Fort Prado, in the paddock prior to the American Derby.


Post-time favorite Schoolofhardrocks, Victor Espinoza up, in the post parade prior to the American Derby.


Ghostly Wonder and Our Channel lead early in the American Derby.


(Above & below) Divine Oath, Florent Geroux up, wins the American Derby.



 I'm Already Sexy, Florent Geroux up, in the post parade prior to the Modesty H.


 Modesty Handicap post-time favorite White Rose, Julien Leparoux up.


(Above & below) I O Ireland takes the lead in the Modesty Handicap with I'm Already Sexy hot on her heels.



(Above & below) I'm Already Sexy holds a narrow lead down the stretch.




(Above & below) Post race, Florent Geroux celebrates his three stakes wins of the day.



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 Meet Heidi Carpenter


An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Always very visual and imaginative, Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

The first Kentucky Derby Heidi watched was in 1991, and the first racehorse she fell in love with was Cigar. Her all-time favorites include Ruffian, Black Caviar, Man o' War, Dr. Fager, John Henry and Winter Memories.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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