Friday Morning Gallops for Arlington Million Day Contenders

August 14, 2015 06:20pm
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Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter

I visited Arlington Park Friday morning to catch some of the Arlington Million day contenders galloping. 

Against All Odds: Arlington Park's iconic statue of a determined John Henry defeating The Bart in the inaugural Arlington Million symbolizes Arlington's ability to rise from the ashes of the fire that consumed it 30 years ago.

(Above & below two) Arlington Million (Gr. I) contender Triple Threat won my personal best-looking-horse award of the morning.

Secretariat Stakes (Gr. I) contender Highland Reel.

Hyper, entered in the American St. Leger Stakes (Gr. III)

(Above & below two) Beverly D. (Gr. I) entrant Mango Diva.

(Above & below) American St. Leger Stakes contender Highball.

(Above & below) Secretariat Stakes entrant Crittenden.

(Above & below) Beverly D. contender Maid On a Mission.

(Above & below three) Beverly D. entrant (and winner of last year's edition) Euro Charline.


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 Meet Heidi Carpenter


An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi also runs Racing Reviewer.

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