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One of the pony girls takes a photos of Awesometank on Friday morning at Arlington

2019 Arlington International Festival of Racing Workouts

Date: 08/09/2019

The Arlington Million (G1), the world's first million-dollar race, celebrates its 37th renewal on Saturday with a field of 10 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 $600,000 Beverly D Stakes (G1) for older fillies and mares going 1 3/16 miles, and the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds at the race's new distance of 1 mile (the race had traditionally been contested at 1 1/4 miles). Training hours on Friday were conducted under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 70's.

Check out photos for 14 photos of the contenders from Friday morning below. Click on the small photo to see a larger version.

More photos from Thursday

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Robert Bruce drew the rail for his title defense in the Million, looking to become the second two-time winner after John Henry. Javier Castellano rides the 7-2 second choice for trainer Chad Brown. Brown said, "His last couple works were his two best this year."
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Sistercharlie is the 8-5 morning line favorite, looking to become the first two-time winner of the Beverly D. John Velazquez breaks from post 7 for trainer Chad Brown. Brown said, "It's nice to have that extra week for her. She's trained really well since the Diana, bounced out of it in great shape. I'm very happy with her."
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Bricks and Mortar is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Million. Irad Ortiz Jr. breaks from post 3 for trainer Chad Brown. Co-owner Bill Lawrence said, "They're all tough races. We think we have a big chance but first we have to beat 'the other Chads. Then we have to worry about Aidan, and he's got some good ones, too. It's still horse racing. You've got to beat whoever shows up. The foreign breeders value turf horses more highly. At the end of the day, it's an economic decision (to sell him to Shadai Farm in Japan)." Brown added, "He's got all the tools. He's proving to be just a little faster, a little better than the horses he's with. He has that will to win, the competitive desire."
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Bandua drew the outside post 10 in the Million and is the 6-1 fourth choice. Adam Beschizza will be in the irons for trainer Jack Sisterson, off his win in the Arlington Handicap (G3), the main local prep for the Million.
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Captivating Moon is a 20-1 outsider in the Million out of post 8. Jose Valdivia Jr. rides for trainer Chris Block. He was 3rd in the Arlington Handicap last out, and was 5th in last year's Secretariat Stakes.
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Catcho En Die drew post 4 in the Million for trainer Naipaul Chatterpaul. Sophie Doyle rides the 30-1 longest shot, off his 11th place finish in the Bowling Green (G2) at Saratoga. He was 4th (placed 3rd via DQ) in last year's Million.
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Clint Maroon is a 20-1 outsider in the Secretariat and drew the rail. Channing Hill rides for trainer Wayne Catalano. He comes to Arlington off a 4h place finish in the Manila Stakes at Belmont after finishing 5th in the Pennine Ridge (G3).
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Crafty Daddy drew the outside 9 post in the Secretariat. The 5-1 third choice trained by Brad Cox will have Florent Geroux aboard. He was a close second in in the American Derby (G3) at Arlington last out.
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Intellogent drew post 9 in the 10-horse Million and is 12-1 morning line. New rider Florent Geroux will be in the irons for trainer Fabrice Chappet. Chappet said, "This distance I think is a perfect trip for him. He has the win going the mile, but I think he is at his best when hes going further. He doesnt have a great draw, but I know that Florent is familiar with Arlington. Hes much more familiar with the layout than I am, so Im going to leave it up to him when he gets out of the gate to make a decision on where to spot him. I have nothing but confidence in Florent.
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Pivoine is a 15-1 outsider in the Million. Jockey Silvestre De Sousa rides for trainer Andrew Balding from post 7, off his win in the listed Diamond Jubilee Cup at York.
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Aidan O'Brien's string was out again this morning. Here are Fleeting, Magic Wand, Van Beethoven, Never No More, and Hunting Horn (left to right).

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