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Arlington Million Day Notes - August 16

HARDEST CORE OPTS FOR MILLION

Andrew Bentley Stables' Hardest Core has, as expected, opted to run in the Grade I Arlington Million in lieu of the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger.  Cross-entered in both, the Edward Graham trainee was officially scratched Saturday morning from the American St. Leger.  In Million XXXII, Hardest Core will be an outsider breaking from the inside under Eriluis Vaz with morning line odds of 20-1.


CHAMPION CASTELLANO TO RIDE IN FIRST BEVERLY D., MILLION

Reigning champion jockey and currently national leader in purses earned Javier Castellano will be riding in his first Grade I Arlington Million and Grade I $750,000 Beverly D.  In the Million, he rides reigning champion Real Solution, who was ridden last year by Alan Garcia.  In the Beverly D., the 36-year-old native of Venezuela will be aboard Alterite.  Both charges are trained by Chad Brown.

MOORE AND CASTELLANO CAN WIN ALL FOUR FESTIVAL STAKES

Three-time British champion jockey Ryan Moore and reigning Eclipse Award-winning rider Javier Castellano are the lone of their trade capable of winning all four International Festival of Racing stakes - including three Grade I races.


Ryan Moore kicks things off in the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger with Eye of The Storm then follows suit with favored Adelaide in the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes, Euro Charline in the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. and American Finnegans Wake in the centerpiece Grade I Arlington Million.

Javier Castellano will ride local favorite Suntracer in the American St. Leger, Sheldon in the Secretariat, Alterite in the Beverly D. and reigning champ Real Solution in the Million.


SPENCER LONE JOCKEY CAPABLE OF ADDING TO MILLION VICTORY TOTAL

Jamie Spencer is the lone jockey in this year's Grade I Arlington Million with a previous victory in the race. Spencer won in 2011 with Cape Blanco and rides Side Glance from the outside post in the Million.  Remaining jockeys Eriluis Vaz, Stephane Pasquier, Joseph O'Brien, Ryan Moore, Eurico Rosa Da Silva and Javier Castellano have not won the race.


SEVEN TRAINERS CAN WIN MULTIPLE FESTIVAL RACES

Seven conditioners - Aidan O'Brien, Chad Brown, Wayne Catalano, Bill Mott, Marco Botti, Mike Maker and Andrew Balding - can claim multiple Festival races.

O'Brien has three chances to win, including Eye of The Storm in the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger, Adelaide in the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes and Magician in the Grade I Arlington Million.  Both Adelaide and Magician are expected to go off favored.

Brown has morning line first and second choices Stephanie's Kitten and Alterite in the Beverly D. and defending champion Real Solution in the Million.

Local favorite Catalano has three chances - Infinite Magic in the American St. Leger, I'm Already Sexy in the Beverly D. and Highball in the Secretariat.

Mott - who has won 27 stakes at Arlington (sixth all time) - enters Emollient in the Beverly D. and Tourist in the Secretariat.

Botti looks for a three-peat in the American St. Leger and second consecutive with Dandino, and Euro Charline in the Beverly D.

Maker sends out two in the American St. Leger - Moro Tap and Admiral Kitten - and General Jack in the Secretariat.

TWO OWNERSHIPS CAN CLAIM CONSECUTIVE GLORY

Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock will go after an unprecedented third consecutive win in the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger after taking the first two editions - first with Jakkalberry in 2012 and with Dandino in 2013, who comes back to defend his title.

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey will attempt to win a second consecutive Arlington Million with Real Solution.

Interestingly enough, both defending champions will have different riders than their successful jockeys the year prior.  Real Solution picks up Javier Castellano in lieu of Alan Garcia and Dandino will be ridden by Frankie Dettori instead of Ryan Moore.

SCHWARTZ LOOKS TO EXTEND RECORD IN BEVERLY D.

Martin Schwartz, who has already won more Beverly D. Stakes than any other owner - three - will go for a record fourth with Alterite.  Previous winners include Stacelita (2011), Gorella (2006) and Angara (2005).  Also worth of note is that he has won those three with only four starters.

 

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