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Trainer Aidan O'Brien's group on Thursday morning at Arlington

2016 Arlington International Festival of Racing Workouts

Date: 08/13/2016

The Arlington Million (G1), the world's first million-dollar race, celebrates its 34th renewal on Saturday with a field of 13 older horses going 1 1/4 miles over the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse in the Chicago suburbs. Two more Grade 1 turf events are on the undercard, the $700,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1) for older fillies and mares going 1 3/16 miles, and the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles. Kicking off the International Festival quartet is the $300,000 American St. Leger Stakes (G3) at a marathon distance of 1 11/16 miles around 3 turns of the course. After excellent conditions during training on Thursday, with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the high 70's, Friday morning the clouds rolled in with some rainfall. Most gallops were done over the main Polytrack surface but a few did go out onto the turf course.

Check out photos for 34 photos of the contenders from Thursday and Friday morning below. Click on the small photo to see a larger version.

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American Patriot (Secretariat) on Friday. He comes to Arlington off a win in the Kent Stakes (G3) at Delaware Park. William Buick has been named to ride from post two for trainer Todd Pletcher.
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Ballydoyle (Beverly D) on Friday. Ballydoyle, a Group I winner at the age of two in France, finished second in the Group I QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May of this year. She breaks from the rail under jockey Seamie Heffernan.
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Beach Patrol (Secretariat) schooled in the paddock on Thursday afternoon. Looking for his first stakes win, he was 3rd in the Belmont Derby (G1) last out. Trainer Chad Brown has given the call to Florent Geroux from the outside post nine.
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Billabong (St. Leger) on Friday. He will be the first Moroccan-bred to race in America since 1991, coming here off a second place finish in the Emirs Trophy (G1) in Doha, Qatar. Trainer Pascal Bary will leg up Flavian Prat, who will ride from post 10.
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Clondaw Warrior (St. Leger) on Thursday. He comes to Arlington off a win over hurdles in Ireland. Seamie Heffernan gets the call for trainer Willie Mullins out of post 8.
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Coolmore (Beverly D) on Friday. She broke her maiden in a Group III as a juvenile but struggled to hit the board again in graded stakes company until finishing third in the Grade I Belmont Oaks in July, where her stablemate finished a disappointing 13th as the favorite. Colm O’Donoghue gets the call from post 6.
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Cordon (Secretariat) on Thursday. The recent local maiden winner will step up to try Grade I company in his third lifetime start for trainer Pavel Vashchenko. Carlos Marquez, Jr. will ride from post five.
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Danish Dynaformer (Million) on Friday. Winner of the Singspiel (G3) at Woodbine for trainer Roger Attfield, he turns back in distance here. Regular rider Patrick Husbands will be in the irons from the inside post.
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Deauville (Million) on Thursday. The 3-year-old will face his elders for the first time in his career, with trainer Aidan O'Brien opting to send the son of Galileo in the Million, off his Belmont Derby (G1) win, instead of entering the Secretariat earlier in the card. Seamie Heffernan will ride from the outside post 13.
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Decorated Knight (Million), winner of the Meld Stakes (G3) at Leopardstown last out, blew out 3f in 38 seconds at 9AM on Thursday. Jose Valdivia Jr. gets the call from post 8 for trainer Roger Charlton.
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Dubai Sky (Million) on Friday. Last year's Spiral Stakes (G3) winner was second in an allowance at Churchill off the year-long layoff. Jose Lezcano gets the call for trainer Bill Mott.
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Elusive Million (Beverly D) on Friday. Lightly raced in France, the daughter of Pour Moi (IRE) will break from post 11 under rider Julio Felix for trainer Chad Brown as Martin Schwartz pursues his fourth win as an owner in the Beverly D.
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Faufiler (Beverly D) on Friday. She won the Modesty Handicap (G3) last out, the main local prep for this race. Regular rider Jose Valdivia Jr. will be in the irons out of post 12.
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Hart Hills Road (St. Leger) on Thursday. Trained by Michael Campbell, the 5-year-old gelding by Tapit will be making his fifth start of the season at the Chicagoland oval. Stretching out past 1 1/16 miles for the first time in his career, he will break from post three under rider Santo Sanjur.
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Kasqui (Million) on Friday. He looks to become the first Grade III Arlington Handicap winner to use Arlington's local prep as a stepping stone to a win in the Million. Trained by Ignacio Correas, IV, the 6-year-old son of Lasting Approval is a multiple winner at the Million's ten furlong distance in his native Argentina and has been a force against graded stakes company in his two most recent starts. Robby Albarado, who was aboard for the Arlington Handicap score, retains the mount from post six.
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Long Island Sound (Secretariat) on Thursday. He comes here off a 6th place finish in the Belmont Derby (G1). Seamie Heffernan will pick up the mount from post eight for trainer Aidan O'Brien.
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Lots O' Lex (Beverly D) on Thursday. The daughter of Kitalpha will be making her first start of the year as she breaks from post seven under Edgar Perez. Owned by Lisa Lex and trained by Gerald Russel Aschinger, the 5-year-old mare will attempt to secure her first win against graded stakes company.
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Marypop (Beverly D) on Thursday. She was undefeated this season until her North American debut, when she struggled to close into a slow pace in the Modesty. The 4-year-old filly by Layman will be guided by Flavien Prat for trainer Mike Stidham and owner Richard Duchossois from post three.
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Mondialiste (Million) galloped on Thursday under exercise rider Fearghal Davis. Trainer David O'Meara said, “He looks grand. He’s settled in. He just had a little bit of a canter this morning – yesterday and the day before he just had a hack about. Today he started out around the 5/8 and had a bit of a swinging canter through the straight. Tomorrow he will do very little, just trot about. Just stretch his legs a bit. It will be a very similar routine to what we did at Woodbine and Keeneland.” Jockey Daniel Tudhope gets the call from post 9.
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Noble Beauty, who goes in the Pucker Up (G3) on the undercard, galloped on Thursday. She comes here off an 8th place finish in the Belmont Oaks (G1).
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No Fault of Mine (Beverly D) on Friday. She will start at post four under jockey William Buick while trying to outdo her runner-up performance in the Grade III Arlington Matron earlier this season for trainer Chris Block.
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Pretty Girl (Beverly D) on Thursday. She won her first three starts before receiving time off and returning to the track in May. Mikel Delzangles’ mare will start from the far outside post under rider Brice Blanc.
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Pumpkin Rumble (Million) on Thursday. He comes here off a third place finish in the Stars and Stripes (G3) and will have regular rider Mitchell Murrill aboard from post 4 for trainer Gary Scherer.
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Sea Calisi (Beverly D) on Friday. Trained by Chad Brown, the 4-year-old daughter of Youmzain (IRE) won a Group II in France before finishing third in a narrow loss in the Group I Darley Yorkshire Oaks last August. The filly made her North American debut in May, winning the Grade II Sheepshead Bay before another narrow defeat in the Grade II New York in June. Partnered with Florent Geroux for the first time, the pair will break from post 13.
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Secret Someone (Beverly D) on Friday. She was third in the Modesty (G3), the local prep for this race. Regular rider Robby Albarado gets the call for trainer Mike Stidham from post 10.
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Take the Stand (Million) on Friday. He is unraced since winning the Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2) at Fair Grounds in March. Jockey Edgar Prado gets the call for trainer Bill Mott from post 7.
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Defending Arlington Million champion The Pizza Man on Thursday. The first Illinois-bred to take the state's signature race is back, trying to become the race's first back to back winner, off a close fourth place finish in the Stars and Stripes (G3). Jockey Mike Smith gets the call for trainer Roger Brueggemann.
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Tobias (St. Leger) on Thursday. The Arch gelding will be trying to improve on his best stakes performance when fifth by 4 1/4 lengths behind Da Big Hoss in the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup. Carlos Marquez Jr. gets the call from post 4 for trainer Rafael Fernandez.
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Tryster (Million) on Friday. He was third in the Dubai Turf (G1) in March then 5th in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. William Buick gets the call from post 12 for trainer Charles Appleby.
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Tuttipaesi (Beverly D) on Friday. She won the Santa Ana (G2) followed by a second place finish in the Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3). Chris DeCarlo gets the call for trainer Bill Mott.
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Wake Forest (Million) schooled in the paddock on Thursday afternoon. He was 6th in last year's Million and comes here off a 3rd place finish in the United Nations (G1) after winning the Man O'War (G1). Flavien Prat gets the call from post 10 for trainer Chad Brown.
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Wasir (St. Leger) on Thursday. He will be looking to rebound for trainer Andreas Wohler and owner Darius Racing after an 11th-place finish when trying Group I company for the first time in June. The 4-year-old colt by Rail Link (GB) will be ridden by William Buick from post six.
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World Approval (Million) on Thursday. He won the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth last out, and also won last year's American Derby (G3) at Arlington. Regular rider Florent Geroux gets the call from post 11 for trainer Mark Casse.
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Zipessa (Beverly D) on Friday. She won the Dr. James Penny Memorial (G3) last out. Joe Bravo gets the call for trainer Mike Stidham out of the 9 hole.
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