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Breeders Cup 2015

Summit Surge Ready for Arlington Million

Summit Surge Ready for Arlington Million

William Bellew’s Summit Surge, one of three European invaders for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, stepped onto Arlington’s main track at 7:10 Wednesday morning, backed up to the seven-eighths pole and cantered once around under exercise rider Marcel Koran.


On his way back to Arlington’s International Barn, the 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding stopped off in the paddock for a brief schooling session conducted by Charlie Henson, European trainer Luca Cumani’s head travelling lad.


Also observing the schooling and available to chat briefly a short time later was Bill Bellew, whose wife and two daughters are with him on this trip to Chicago.  Younger daughter Niamh will observe her 16th birthday Saturday on Arlington Million Day, and the Irish owner is hoping the day turns into a double celebration.


“The family often travels with me to see Summit Surge run,” said Bellew.  “We are enjoying all this together.  They were with me at York (July 24) to watch him win the (Group II) Sky Bet York Stakes and they also went to Italy with me for his race before that (San Siro’s Group II Premio Carlo Vittadini at one mile May 30).


“However, the York Stakes was the first time we asked him to go over 10 furlongs,” Bellew said.  “We threw him in the deep end for that race, but he responded for us.  He’s a well-seasoned traveler and he traveled well here. 


“Luca (trainer Cumani) is very keen on running in the Arlington Million, so we’re going to have a go at it and look forward to another great ride from Kieren Fallon,” Bellew said.


Also galloping on the main track in advance of Saturday’s Arlington Million was Jean and Ted Barlas and Michael Porcaro’s Quite a Handful, a locally-based 4-year-old trained by Andy Hansen who finished sixth in last year’s Secretariat Stakes.  That colt appeared on the track at 6 a.m., backed up to the quarter pole and turned and galloped a mile and a half.




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