"Against All Odds", the statue of John Henry beating The Bart in the first Arlington Million.
Saturday at Arlington Park in Chicago some of the best turf horses in the world will compete in the Arlington International Festival of Racing card, Illinois racing's biggest day. Older horses contest the 1 1/4 mile Arlington Million, a race with the distinction of being the first to offer up a $1 million total purse. Many greats have won this event including two-time winner John Henry who won the inaugural running in 1981 and again two years later. A life-size statue depicting John Henry's nose victory over The Bart in the 1981 running overlooks the paddock at Arlington. On the undercard are two more Grade 1 events, the Beverly D. for the fillies and mares at 1 3/16 miles, and the Secretariat for three year olds over the Million distance of 1 1/4 miles.
Sulamani after winning the Dubai Sheema Classic.
In his last trip to the post July 26 in Great Britain, Sulamani finished second in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot, third leg of the 2003 World Series Racing Championship. The Arlington Million is the fourth leg of this year's World Series, now sponsored by Rolls Royce Motor Cars Ltd.
Conditioned since the beginning of 2003 by Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale, Storming Home began his season with a two-length tally in Hollywood Park's $400,000 Jim Murray Handicap. The 5-year-old son of Machiavellian returned to the winner's circle following the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood June 14 in an impressive performance at the Arlington Million 10-furlong distance. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, lately famous for his abilities as an actor portraying jockey George Woolf in the first-run film Seabiscuit, has been in the irons aboard Storming Home in both his wins this year, and will journey to Arlington for the mount once more on Saturday.
Post time for the Milion is 5:15 CDT and the race will be televised on ESPN from 5:00 to 6:00pm EDT. Free past performances are available from Daily Racing Form. Below are the entries for the Arlington Million. All horses carry 126 lbs. except Touch of Land who has 120 lbs. Click on each horse's name for a full background and analysis.
|1||Sulamani||David Flores||Saeed bin Suroor||8-5|
|2||Vangelis||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupre||50-1|
|3||Paolini||Eduardo Pedroza||Andreas Wohler||20-1|
|4||Storming HOme||Gary Stevens||Neil Drysdale||7-2|
|5||Perfect Soul||Corey Nakatani||Roger Attfield||20-1|
|6||Perfect Drift||Pat Day||Murray Johnson||4-1|
|7||Beauchamp Pilot||Eddie Ahern||Gerard Butler||30-1|
|8||Touch Of Land||Patrick Valenzuela||Henri-Alex Pantall||50-1|
|9||Kaieteur||Rene Douglas||Brian Meehan||20-1|
|10||The Tin Man||Mike Smith||Richard Mandella||4-1|
|11||Honor In War||Jose Valdivia Jr.||Paul McGee||12-1|
|12||Tripat||Mick Kinane||Richard Gibson||50-1|
|13||Olden Times||Kent Desormeaux||John Dunlop||30-1|
Tates Creek in the winner's circle at Saratoga after last year's Diana Handicap.
Beverly D. entries with post positions, odds, and horse profiles here
Lismore Knight winning the Arlington Classic.
Secretariat Stakes entries with post positions, odds, and horse profiles here
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