Abdulla al Monsoori’s Our Channel
will make the trans-Atlantic trip to
Arlington International Racecourse to race in both the Grade III
American Derby and Grade I Secretariat Stakes, with arrival plans set
for Sunday July 6
A winner of two of five races, the son of Champion turf horse English
Channel has raced three times on left-handed courses and was last seen
finishing a tiring thirteenth in the Group I English Derby on June 7
after setting the pace through the 10-furlong mark.
A closer look at the William Haggas trainee’s race at Epsom
reveals a horse who could seriously take to American turf racing. Off
sharply, the chestnut was aggressively pushed by Coolmore pacesetter (to
eventual winner Australia) Kingfisher through honest fractions,
cornered well on Epsom’s sharp Tattenham Corner and kicked on to the
best of his ability at the three-furlong marker down the long stretch.
A son of multiple graded stakes winning dirt sprinter/miler filly Raw
Gold (by Rahy), it is easy to see where he gets his pace and why he may
be a perfect fit for Stateside racing scenarios.
In addition to Our Channel’s aforementioned American Derby, the Grade I
Belmont Derby Invitational remains the key race to watch this weekend.
While it is less likely that Michael Buckley’s Toast of New York will
return to the States to race in the Secretariat in addition to the
Belmont Derby, it is not completely out of the question. Secretariat
nominees who could possibly come back in five weeks after a deserving
performance include Glen Hill Farm’s Global View, Kenneth and Sarah
Ramsey’s Bobby’s Kitten, Phipps Stable’s Mr. Speaker and Coolmore’s
bi-continental duo of the Todd Pletcher-trained Gala Award and the Aidan
Impressive on Wednesday afternoon was Mike Maker and F. Thomas Conway’s
Secretariat nominee General Jack, who sprinted away from a group of
sophomores in the $200,000 Centaur Stakes at Indiana Grand. By Giant’s
Causeway out of talented stakes winner J’ray, General Jack seems to be
quickly coming into his own for his connections. Maker also trains the
chestnut who is now on a two-race winning streak that started with an
eye-opening allowance victory at Churchill Downs June 6 - earning him
favoritism in the Centaur.