$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.
Mighty Heart will attempt to become the first Canadian Triple Crown winner since Wando in 2003 when he runs in the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine on October 24. The 1 1/2-mile race drew a field of 12.
Six group 1 races top a brilliant card at Longchamp in Paris, France on Sunday, October 4, headed of course by the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The great mare Enable is seeking to win her third Arc, a feat which has never been accomplished, after she ran second last year.
Free expert picks for the 2020 Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack on September 19. Preakness winner War of Will takes on unbeaten Shirl’s Speight in the one-mile turf race worth $1 million.
The 161st Queen’s Plate will be run September 12, 2020, after originally being scheduled for June. Clayton and Curlin’s Voyage are the favorites in a 14-horse field set to go 1 1/4 miles for $1 million.