WinStar Farm’s General Election, an impressive winner of the first
leg of the Mid-America Triple – the Grade III Arlington Classic on May
25 – returns against some familiar foes and a few new faces in the
second leg of the series, the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, on
Saturday July 13. Trained by Kellyn Gorder, the son of Harlan’s Holiday
scored by one length at 13-1 in his first start on grass in what was a
wild four-horse finish. Joseph Rocco, Jr. returns and will break from
post 2 in the 11-horse field.
Looking forward to the additional
furlong in distance this time will be late-closing Arlington Classic
runner-up and beaten favorite Admiral Kitten, who has been given seven
weeks off since that defeat. After three second-place finishes at 1
1/16-miles within six weeks’ time, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred
will seek revenge from the adjacent post 3 under Julien Leparoux.
Trainer Mike Maker will also start the improving Moro Tap for owners
Skychai Racing, Sand Dollar Stable, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner. The
sleek gray colt was a fast-closing third last out in the $200,000
Centaur Stakes at Indiana Downs on June 15. The ever-popular Rosie
Napravnik picks up the mount.
Dorsett looks to avenge his
controversial disqualification (from third to fourth) in the Arlington
Classic with a win here for trainer Mike Stidham and owner Terry
Hamilton. The improving son of Breeders’ Cup Mile victor Artie Schiller
has since impressively defeated his elders in a second-level allowance
over nine furlongs on June 15 on the local turf, and retains rider E.T.
Baird from that race in post 7. A late-runner, he will appreciate the
additional sixteenth of a mile.
A formidable new challenger comes in
the form of Team Valor International’s Infinite Magic, who exits a rough
trip in the Grade III Hill Prince Stakes on June 15 at Belmont Park.
Bumped hard in the stretch while rallying from a dozen lengths off the
pace, the former England-based sophomore rallied to finish sixth.
Trainer Rick Mettee, the new private conditioner for Team Valor, has
retained the services of Channing Hill, who will break from post 6 on
the deep-closing son of More than Ready.
Completing the field for the American
Derby are Glen Hill Farm’s Procurement (Eddie Castro); Barry Golden’s
Coastal Breeze (Kent Desormeaux); Mongolian Stable’s Mongolian Saturday
(Carlos Montalvo); Taylor Rice’s Triple Cross (Ricardo Feliciano);
Leonard Leveen and Michael P. Shanley’s Stormy Len (Alex Solis); and
Catherine Zoc’s Formidable Heart (Florent Geroux).
The American Derby will be run at a
mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington’s world famous turf course and
serves as the final local prep for the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat
Stakes, which will be held Aug. 17 as part of the one-day International
Festival of Racing.
The race is one of four major stakes
that comprise the track’s Million Preview Day program. In addition to
the American Derby, the 12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000
Arlington Handicap, the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap and the
Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes. As an added bonus, the 1-2-3
finishers in the American Derby will have their entry and starting fees
waived for the Secretariat should they elect to run in that event next