$500,000 Secretariat First of Three Grade One Races at Arlington
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Fri 15/08/2014 - 22:56 EDT
The $500,000 Secretariat is the first of three grade one races on tap at Arlington Park August 16 as nine three year-old colts are set to contest the mile and quarter race on turf.
Irish invader Adelaide (8/5 ML) again ships across the pond for trainer Aidan O’Brien after suffering a tough defeat in the Grade I Belmont Derby in his American debut. In that race Adelaide looked like a winner, but appeared to get lazy in the final stages as long-shot Mr. Speaker charged past him in the stretch. Adelaide tried to re-rally, but fell a neck short at the wire. Ryan Moore takes the mount this time around as Adelaide tries to collect his first group or group one victory. He has two wins and three second place finishes in five career starts and certainly appears to be the one to beat on paper.
Tourist tries to go longer for Mott
Tourist (5/2) has looked like a monster in his last two starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, but must stretch out beyond a mile and a sixteenth for the first time in his career. In his last two efforts, Tourist won an allowance race and the Sir Cat Stakes – both at the one mile distance. Joel Rosario, who was also aboard in the Sir Cat, takes the mount. Tourist is undefeated in three lifetime starts on the grass and should be close to the early pace.
General Jack deserving of a long look
At 12/1, General Jack may have a legitimate upset chance for trainer Michael Maker. The son of Giant’s Causeway easily won his last two starts at a mile, including the Centaur Stakes July 2 at Indiana Down, but will be facing much better in the Secretariat.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.