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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

The Newest Million Day Race: The American St. Leger

Well folks, as if three gigantic stakes races weren’t enough for you on Million Day, the powers that be have now added a fourth! Yes, it’s the American St. Leger run at the very odd distance of a mile and 11/16. Anyone wishing to contend in this race must have the stamina to last quite a ways. I mean – wow – this race is longer than the Belmont!! Let’s take a look at some of the contenders that have been pre-entered for the race!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First I’d like to start off with the Grade 2 Stars and Stripes winner Ioya Bigtime. Chris Block’s barn has been on fire recently and it all started with this unexpected victory in the graded stake. At 41-1 Ioya Bigtime grabbed the lead and never looked back while defeating Musketier and Block’s other entry Suntracer (who won the Illinois Owners Stakes yesterday). He proved that he could get the longer distance and I know I’ll be pulling for our local product! To see his victory, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (Ioya Bigtime - by Four Footed Fotos)

 

To my surprise, I couldn’t believe that Helicopter is pre-entered in this race! The horse loves Arlington and loves the extra running room too. He’s been a local warrior and champion for quite some time and I look forward to taking some photos of him in the paddock.



A couple of horses that are familiar with going long distances are scheduled to be shipping in from Europe, one of which is John Gosden-trained Zuider Zee who has recently run in races of distances of 1 ½ miles, 1 ¾ miles, 1 7/16 miles, and even some races over 2 miles! A horse with similar experience at longer distances is nine-time turf winner Jakkalberry. Jakkalberry had three impressive wins last year at the odd distances of 1 5/16 and 1 7/16 miles. We are aware of the recent European dominance in American turf races and I’m sure they will have a great shot in the American St. Leger.


Finally, as the Grade 2 Stars and Stripes was moved on the calendar to become the prep race for the American St. Leger, the winner of the 2011 version of this race, Free Fighter, is also pre-entered into this contest. He has struggled so far in 2012, however this may be the race he needs to shake off the rust and head to the winners circle.  To see his victory from last year, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Free Fighter - by Four Footed Fotos) 

 

I’m not entirely sure what to expect from this new race, but I’m excited to be a part of the maiden voyage!



Well we’re getting even closer to the big day now. I’m also excited to say that WGN-TV will be carrying the Arlington Million over the airwaves and cables again this year! The coverage will begin at 5:00 PM central time and will include the Secretariat Stakes and the Beverly D. If you can’t be there in person, be sure to catch it on TV!
 
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Older Comments about The Newest Million Day Race: The American St. Leger...

My line up for this race Little Mike, Treasure Beach, Cracker Jack,Afsare, Boisterous.
jakalberry wins for fun...
Euros seem too tough in a race like this where most of these Americans are Grade 3 runners at best.
I too, will be pulling for Ioya Bigtime ... it would be great to see an Illini bred strut his stuff on Arlington Million Day!

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