The international aura of Arlington Park will be emphasized once again this weekend when the 75th anniversary edition of the Grade III Arlington Matron for fillies and mares over the the Polytrack goes to the post with two European stakes winners among its entrants.
Michael Deegan’s Pachattack, sixth in Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes over the local lawn Aug. 21, posed in the winner’s enclosure at Newbury earlier that month following her nose triumph in Great Britain’s listed Chalice Stakes. Before that the daughter of Pulpit had won the listed Hoppings Stakes at Newmarket in June. Both those efforts were also on the grass, but following her Beverly D. run she won Canada’s $175,000 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine Race Course over Polytrack Nov. 6.
Pachattack, trained by the Irish-born Gerard Butler, will be ridden by the Venezuelan-born Junior Alvarado in the Matron
However, also scheduled to go to the post in the Matron is Vladamir Kazokov’s Santina Dond, who captured Poland’s Nagroda Dakoty Stakes on the turf at Sluzewiec Race Course last Sept. 5. Santina Dond, a 3-year-old daughter of El Prado, will be facing older fillies and mares for the second straight time after winning in $40,000 allowance optional claiming company over the Polytrack here May 15.
Santina Dond, who is conditioned by the Russian-born Gennadi Dorochenko, has Puerto Rican-born J. Z. Santana slated for the saddle. Should she win the Matron she would become the first sophomore filly to capture the event since J. C. Routsong’s Megans Bluff won the Matron in the summer of 2000.