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“NTRA Summer Racing” on ESPN Heads for Arlington Park

August 5, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

“NTRA Summer Racing” presents live coverage of Arlington Million, Beverly D. Stakes from Arlington Park

Three prestigious Grade I grass races from Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois, highlight this week’s “NTRA Summer Racing” program on ESPN:

  • $1,000,000 Arlington Million

  • $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes

  • $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (run earlier in the day and shown on tape)

The program airs on Saturday, August 9, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time on ESPN.

Top Contenders for the Arlington Million: The 1-1/4-mile Arlington Million traditionally attracts top older turf competitors from around the globe, and this year’s 26th renewal is no exception. Archipenko is a world traveler who has won stakes races this year in Dubai, Hong Kong and, most recently at Ascot in England. He is the 2-1 morning line favorite and will break from the rail in the field of eight. Coming from the powerful Aidan O’Brien stable is Mount Nelson, who captured the Group I Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in England last time out on July 5. The top American-based candidate is Einstein, who took the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs. He can also boast close, second-place finishes this year to the likes of Curlin and Kip Deville.

Top Contenders for the Beverly D. Stakes: The 1-3/16-mile Beverly D. is one of the most prestigious races on the calendar for grass-running fillies and mares. This year’s 9-to-5 morning line favorite in the field of nine is Precious Kitten, who races for owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson. Precious Kitten won the Grade I Gamely Handicap at Hollywood Park in her last effort on May 26. Shipping from New York is Mauralakana, winner of three stakes in a row. Coming from France are the duo of Cicerole and Toque de Queda. And this year’s Beverly D. has a local flavor as well, thanks to the presence of the Chicago-based Dreaming of Anna. The 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner has stamped herself as a top turf performer, having won three grass stakes this year.

Top Contenders for the Secretariat Stakes: The American contingent for this 1-1/4-mile race for three-year-olds is led by Tizdejavu, who has yet to taste defeat since being switched to the turf three starts ago. Among his eight opponents are two stakes performers from Ireland: the Aidan O’Brien-trained Plan, and the Dermot Weld-conditioned Winchester.