Arlington Million 2019: Post positions, odds and more

August 10, 2019 09:02am
Arlington Million 2019: Post positions, odds and more
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Bricks and Mortar, the No. 1-ranked horse in America, can further cement that status Saturday over Arlington Park’s turf in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

The Chad Brown-trained Bricks and Mortar comes in on a five-race win streak since his December 2018 return after missing a full year due to injury.

Four of those victories have come in graded company, including last out June 8 at Belmont Park in the Manhattan Stakes (G1).

Can anyone beat the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the 1 ¼-mile showcase?

Stablemate Robert Bruce is next on the morning line at 7-2. The 2018 Arlington Million champ is aiming first be the first horse since John Henry to win this prestigious race twice, and first ever in back-to-back years.

European invaders Hunting Horn and Magic Wand go postward for world-renowned turf trainer Aidan O’Brien. Bandua comes in off a win in a local prep race, the Arlington Handicap (G3).

Also at stake Saturday is a “Win and You’re In” ticket to the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, scheduled for Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

Il Mercato, George Washington, Crystal Ocean, Lys Gracieux and Enable won the first five Breeders’ Cup Turf challenge series races, all of which took place outside the U.S.

Here’s a look at the field with the morning line:

1. Robert Bruce (CHI) (7-2)

2. Magic Wand (IRE) (5-1)

3. Bricks and Mortar (8-5)

4. Catcho En Die (ARG) (30-1)

5. Hunting Horn (IRE) (12-1)

6. The Great Day (ARG) (12-1)

7. Pivoine (IRE) (15-1)

8. Captivating Moon (20-1)

9. Intellogent (IRE) (12-1)

10. Bandua (6-1)

Pace projection

Timeform US’ pace projector predicts Jack Sisterson-trained Bandua to lead a race that lacks much speed. Favored Bricks and Mortar is projected to run near the middle of the pack early in company with Magic Wand and Robert Bruce.

Note that Timeform US lacks pace date on Pivoine and Intellogent, neither of whom have ever raced on American soil.

Arlington Million on TV

As part of its Saratoga Live program, Fox Sports 2 will broadcast the Secretariat Stakes and Arlington Million. In addition to the broadcast team at Saratoga, Michelle Yu will provide live reporting and analysis from Arlington Park.

TVG will broadcast Saturday’s entire Arlington card, including the Beverly D. and Pucker Up.

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Robert Bruce can challenge Bricks and Mortar

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First post time is 1:15 p.m., with
full Arlington entries available via HRN. 

Race 9:
Grade 1 Beverly D. (5:53 p.m.)

Race 10:
Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes (6:28 p.m.)

Race 11: Grade 1 Arlington Million (7:12 p.m.)

Race 12: Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes (7:55 p.m.)

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Intellogent looks to give Chappet victory in first Arlington Million

“This distance I think is a perfect trip for him,” Chappet said Thursday morning. “He has the win going the mile, but I think he is at his best when he’s going further.”

Flashback: John Henry rallies to win inaugural Arlington Million

“He’s a tough little dude, though,” remarked Shoemaker in a Sept. 2, 1981 column by John Schulian published in 
The Palm Beach Post. “The toughest little dude I ever rode in my life. He scraps, he fights, he don’t give up.”

Robert Bruce seeks back-to-back Arlington Million titles

“The Chilean-bred Robert Bruce on Saturday can become the first horse ever to win back-to-back Millions and would become the second horse in history to win the race twice, following in the footsteps of the legendary John Henry.”

Bricks and Mortar, Sistercharlie take the show on the road

“The competition, which will also include European invaders in both races, will be solid, but anything other than another victory for both Bricks and Mortar and Sistercharlie on Saturday would come as a surprise.”

Division Rankings: Bricks and Mortar, Sistercharlie return

“Although Bricks and Mortar has a wide lead in the race for the Eclipse in the Male Turf division, there are still some questions yet to be answered by this son of Giants Causeway.”


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