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Three Riders Seek Turf Festival Sweep

Three Riders Seek Turf Festival Sweep

Eleven years ago, retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey put his personal stamp on the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park when he became the first and only jockey in history to win the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes in the same year.

 

Since then, of course, the ultimate afternoon for a jockey during the one-day International Festival of Racing at Arlington would be to sweep the Million, the Beverly D. and the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on the second Saturday in August.  Together, they are the only three Grade I races offered in the State of Illinois.

 

Jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Garrett Gomez and Julien Leparoux – not so coincidentally the three most recent winners of the North America’s Eclipse Award – are in a position to sweep Saturday’s Festival.

 

Venezuelan-born Dominguez, the 2010 Eclipse Award winner, rides Gary and Mary West’s Casino Host at 8-1 in the morning line for the Secretariat, Martin Schwartz’s 3-1 French-bred morning line favorite Stacilita in  the Beverly D. and Castleton Lyons’ 2-1 second choice Gio Ponti in the Arlington Million.

 

French-born Julien Leparoux, winner of the 2009 Eclipse Award, rides Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 15-1 longshot Derby Kitten in the Secretariat, Lael Stables’ 20-1 longshot Check the Label in the Beverly D. and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s 30-1 longshot Dean’s Kitten in the Arlington Million.

 

American-born Garrett Gomez, winner of the 2008 and 2007 Eclipse Awards, is set for the reins on Glen Hill Farm’s 3-1 early second choice Banned in the Secretariat, Robert Scarborough’s 9-2 early third choice Cheetah in the Beverly D. and Pasquale Vizzoni’s 50-1 longshot General Perfect in the Million.  

 

 

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