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Adelaide in his winner's blanket after the 2014 Secretariat Stakes
The first of three Grade 1 stakes races on Arlington Million Saturday was the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds going the Million distance of 1 1/4 miles on the turf. A field of 7 went to post with Adelaide sent off as the 11-10 favorite off his second place finishes in the King Edward VII (G2) at Royal Ascot followed by the Belmont Invitational Derby (G1). In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Tourist, winner of the Sir Cat Stakes at Saratoga, and 6-1 third choice Global View, winner of the American Turf (G2) but 7th in the Belmont Invitational Derby (G1) last out.
Adelaide rallies on the outside in the stretch.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Adelaide Moore 4.20 2.60 2.20 9 Tourist Rosario 3.40 2.60 5 Sheldon Castellano 3.60 $2 Exacta (6-9) 11.60 $1 Trifecta (6-9-5) 34.50 $1 Superfecta (6-9-5-1) 84.50 Winning Time: 2:02.31Results Chart
Left: Adelaide in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Ryan Moore said, "He's the best horse in the race going into it, just thought we would keep it simple. The horse on the lead was getting a bit of a soft hand, so didn't want to move up to early. Adelaide just had more class than the field and got the job done. He's run in France, Ireland, England, America, and America again."
Right: The trophy presentation for the Secretariat Stakes.
Left: Adelaide in the heads out to the track before the race. The Aidan O'Brien trainee improved his record to 3 wins and 3 seconds in 6 starts, earning $713,168 for owners Coolmore (Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor et al).
Right: Adelaide returns after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Tourist in the post parade. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "He ran well. I had to move a little early and the horse that won the race (Adelaide) was there with me and he got me. It was his (Tourist's) first time going 1 1/4 and he did well. I'd love to ride him back, for sure."
Right: Third place finisher favorite Sheldon in the paddock before the race. Jockey Javier Castellano said, "He was third best today. He let me put him right where I wanted him and it paid off with a nice run, and I'm happy with third. He seemed to like the [1 ¼-mile] trip, and I think the connections want to stay with that for him. He's a nice horse."
The second stakes race on the card was the $65,000 Straight Line Stakes for three-year-olds going 1 mile around one turn of the Polytrack. 5-2 favorite Good Bye Greg was loose on the lead under jockey E.T. Baird through fractions of 23.87, 46.87, and 1:11.20, but tired late. 9-2 I Got It All, 5th early under Channing Hill, took over at the 1/8 pole and drew off to win by 1 3/4 lengths over 12-1 Stormy Pacific in 1:37.36. It was another 1 1/4 length back to Good Bye Greg third.
On to the Arlington Million won by Hardest Core
On to the Beverly D. won by Euro Charline
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