trainer in the history of Arlington
Festival of Racing has ever saddled the winners of the Arlington Million and
its sister race the Beverly D. in the same season, but French-born conditioner
Christophe Clement would appear to have an excellent choice to accomplish that
feat in 2011.
will saddle British-bred Cheetah, owned by Robert Scarborough and a filly that
was pegged as the 9-2 in the early line for the Beverly D., and then return to
the paddock to saddle Castleton Lyons’ Gio Ponti, installed as the 2-1 second
choice in the morning line for the Arlington Million.
TWO TURF CONDITIONS MIDDAY ON ARLINGTON
occasional intermittent light showers Friday evening in the northwest Chicago
area, the turf course that will be used for Saturday’s Arlington Million, $750,000
Beverly D. and $400,000 Secretariat Stakes was listed as “firm” by track
management late Saturday morning. hours in advance of the 29th running of the
Arlington Million, 22nd renewal of the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes and 35th
edition of the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.
inner turf course, to be employed for the third, fourth and seventh races
Saturday afternoon, was listed as “good.”
SCRATCHED FROM SATURDAY’S SECRETARIAT STAKES
Valor International’s Crimson China, a son of Giant’s Causeway who won
Monmouth’s Lamplighter Stakes in May but was seventh in the Grade II Virginia
Derby July 16, was a program scratch from Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes
in favor of a run in Saratoga’s Grade II Hall of Fame Stakes on Friday where he
finished fifth beaten three lengths at the wire.