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