Mark Bacon & Dana Wells' Silver Max, winner
of the $125,000 Arlington Classic, the first leg of the Mid-America
Triple on May 28, returns to the local oval in pursuit of that series'
second leg, the Grade III $200,000 American Derby on Saturday.
The American Derby will be run at a mile and three-sixteenths over
Arlington's world famous turf course and serves as the final local prep
for the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes, which will be held Aug. 18
as part of the one-day International Festival of Racing.
The race is one of four major stakes that comprise the track's
Million Preview Day program. In addition to the American Derby, the
12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap, the
Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap and the Grade III $150,000 Stars and
Stripes. As an added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the American Derby
will have their entry and starting fees waived for the Secretariat
should they elect to run in that event next month.
Since winning the Arlington Classic in May, Silver Max was sent to
Indiana Downs where he was a decisive victor in the $200,000 Oliver
Stakes. The son of Badge of Silver is one of three entrants from the
Dale Romans' stable – the other two being Albaugh Family Stable's Oliver
Stakes runner-up Cozzetti and Michael Bruder's recent allowance winner
Quick Wit, who was previously third in the Grade III Hutcheson on dirt
at Gulfstream Park.
Robby Albarado has been named to ride Silver Max while Shaun
Bridgmohan will be aboard Cozzetti and Alan Garcia is slated to partner
with Quick Wit.
Cathy and Bob Zollars' Daddy Knows Best returns to the turf after
finishing 10th in the Grade I Kentucky Derby, presented by Yum! Brands,
and ninth in the Grade I Preakness Stakes. The Steve Asmussen-trained
winner of the Grade III Sunland Derby would be trying turf for the first
time in 2012 after winning two of six starts over the surface last
year. Julien Leparoux will ride the son of Scat Daddy in the American
Manganaro LLC & Woodford Racing LLC's Sachem Spirit, runner-up in
the Arlington Classic, could be tough with a better break than he
experienced here in May when he was bumped and squeezed at the start,
placing him much farther back than the son of Mr. Greely is used to.
Corey Lanerie will ride the Neil Howard trainee.
Others in the field for the American Derby (with riders listed) are:
Jim Tafel's All Stormy (Rosemary Homeister Jr.), third in an allowance
race after finishing fifth in the Arlington Classic; Olympia Star's
Macho Bull (Francisco Torres), third in the Grade III Iowa Derby two
weeks ago; Bluegrass Hall's Skyring (Joel Rosario), winner of the
$100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness Day; Ashbrook
Farm's Southern Parkway (James Graham), a winner in a first-level turf
allowance at Churchill Downs last out; and Midwest Thoroughbred's
state-bred The Pizza Man, (Seth Martinez), winner of three straight in