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Horses heads out for their gallops on Thursday morning at Arlington

2019 Arlington International Festival of Racing Workouts

Date: 08/08/2019

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 Thursday were conducted under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 70's.

Check out photos for 13 photos of the contenders from Thursday morning below. Click on the small photo to see a larger version.

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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, lookng 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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Awesometank drew post 2 in the Beverly D. Trainer William J. Haggas brings Awesometank here for her first North American start.
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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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Competitionofideas drew post 3 in the Beverly D. Javier Castellano rides the 6-1 shot. Trainer Chad Brown said, "I really like this distance for her. There wasn't much else coming up that fit our schedule with her."
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Fleeting is the 5-2 second choice in the Beverly D, with Ryan Moore in the irons breaking from the rail.
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Fog of War is the 3-1 morning line favorite for the Secretariat. Irad Ortiz Jr. breaks from post 6. Trainer Chad Brown said, "It's taken a little while to round into form, and we'll see if he can handle the two turns. That's going to be the issue for him. We put blinkers on, which I think he needed, and he found himself close to a hot pace last time. I don't think they made him very aggressive, but Javier was intent on securing his position early and it ended up placing him a little closer."
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Hunting Horn is a 12-1 longshot in the Million, with Ryan Moore riding out of post 5 for trainer Aidan O'Brien. O'Brien said, "He does like to go forward in his races and has run his best that way."
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Magic Wand is cross-entered in both the Million and the Beverly D. Trainer Aidan O'Brien has named Wayne Lordan to ride. She drew post 2 at odds of 5-1 in the Million, or post 6 at odds of 3-1 in the Beverly D.
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Never No More is a 6-1 shot in the Secretariat. Ryan Moore rides from post 3. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "He's won over seven furlongs, but we always thought he would get a mile. I think he's very happy to be ridden forward. He's won on soft, but being by No Nay Never he should prefer better ground."
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Thais drew the outside post 8 in the Beverly D. Irad Ortiz Jr. rides the 20-1 longshot. Trainer Chad Brown said, "My mentor (Bobby Frankel) would really look forward to this weekend, and I feel the same way about it. I've had some great horses to work with and things really seem to work out well when we come in there."
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Valid Point is the 5-1 third choice in the Secretariat, with Javier Castellano in the irons from post 7. Trainer Chad Brown said, "He hasn't been tested (in stakes) but he just gives me the feel he's of high quality."
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Van Beethoven is an 8-1 chance in the Secretariat with Wayne Lordan aboard from post 2. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said, "We think we haven't gotten the best out of him and he's a good horse in solid form."

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