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Breeders Cup 2015

Secretariat Hopefuls Out for Exercise

Arlington Park.

All In Stable’s Willcox Inn, bidding to become the fourth horse in Thoroughbred racing history to sweep Arlington Park’s Mid-America Triple with a win in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes, breezed four furlongs in 50.80 over Arlington’s world famous turf course Sunday morning under assistant trainer Hilary Pridham in preparation for the event.  The sophomore son of Harlan’s Holiday trained by Mike Stidham galloped out five-eighths in 1:03.


Willcox Inn worked in company with Saturday’s pre-entered Grade I Beverly D. runner Upperline, owned by Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm and Mike Stidham and trained by Stidham, who had jockey James Graham in the irons and got the half in 51.40 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.60.


Glen Hill Farm’s Banned, one of Willcox Inn’s main rivals in the Secretariat who won Churchill’s Grade III Jefferson Cup and Grade III American Turf earlier this year, worked five furlongs over the grass in 1:05 and galloped out three-quarters in 1:19.


Following a brief but sudden shower that caused some Festival candidates’ scheduled turf works to be transferred to the Polytrack, Team Block’s Beverly D. pre-entry Never Retreat went five furlongs in 1:03.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:17.20 under jockey Eddie Perez.


Team Block and Richard Ege’s Secretariat Stakes pre-entry Suntracer went five-eighths in 1:01.80 with an exercise rider aboard and then galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.


Michael Deegan’s Pachattack, pre-entered for the Beverly D., went six furlongs in 1:12 after early splits of 36 and 1:06 flat, and Naipaul and Terikchand Chatterpaul’s Arlington Million pre-entry Mission Approved galloped once around the Polytrack.





Arlington’s “Fab-5” active riders slated to face five retired jockey greats in a Friday’s special race as part of Arlington’s “Dining with the Dynasty” festivities became official at the conclusion of Saturday’s race day.


Heading that list of active jockeys was Arlington’s leading jockey at the time – J. Z. Santana – who was followed closely by James Graham, runner-up with one less win at the conclusion of Saturday’s races.  The top five jockeys were completed by Eddie Perez, E. T. Baird and Junior Alvarado, third, fourth and fifth respectively at the time.


Alvarado, Arlington’s jockey champion in 2009 and runner-up rider in 2010, lost five weeks of activity with a broken collarbone earlier this summer.





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