History of Arlington Milion winners
Here's a glance at the winning horse and jockey for each Arlington Million race:
1981: John Henry (B. Shoemaker)
1982: Perrault (Laffit Pincay Jr.)
1983: Tolomeo (Pat Eddery)
1984: John Henry (C. McCarron)
1985: Teleprompter (Tony Ives)
1986: Estrapade (Fernando Toro)
1987: Manila (Angel Cordero Jr.)
1988: Mill Native (C. Asmussen)
1989: Steinlen (Jose Santos)
1990: Golden Pheasant (Stevens)
1991: Tight Spot (L. Pincay Jr.)
1992: Dear Doctor (C. Asmussen)
1993: Star Of Cozzene (J. Santos)
1994: Paradise Creek (Pat Day)
1995: Awad (Eddie Maple)
1996: Mecke (Robbie Davis)
1997: Marlin (Gary Stevens)
2000: Chester House (J. Bailey)
2001: Silvano (Andreas Suborics)
2002: Beat Hollow (Jerry Bailey)
2003: Sulamani (David Flores)
2004: Kicken Kris (Desormeaux)
2005: Powerscourt (K. Fallon)
2006: The Tin Man (V. Espinosa)
2007: Jambalaya (R. Albarado)
2008: Spirit One (I. Mendizabal)
Source: Arlington Park
Twenty-eight years after it caught the horse-racing world's attention as the richest turf race, the Arlington Million still serves as one of top events on the sport's landscape.
Post positions were drawn Tuesday afternoon at the ESPN Zone in Chicago for the 27th running of Illinois' richest race run at 11/4 miles on the lawn.
Kevin Greely views this as the top Million in the four years that he has served as Arlington Park's racing secretary.
"It's the most competitive race and the highest quality of horses since I've been here," Greely said at Tuesday's post- position draw attended by most of the Arlington management team, including chairman Richard Duchossois.
"You've got Gio Ponti and Einstein as the two best older horses in the country," he said. "And Gloria De Campeao is arguably one of the two best horses from those outside the country."
Einstein (4-1 in the morning line), who stumbled at the start and still finished a close-up fifth in last year's Million at odds of 3-1, drew the rail for Saturday's showcase event which saw its top three spots taken by European invaders a year ago, led by France's Spirit One.
Post positions Nos. 1 and 2 have each won four Millions, but the winningest post has been No. 7, which has produced five winners.
Gloria De Campeao (9-2 morning line) drew the No. 7 slot for Saturday.
The 6-year-old ran second in the world's richest race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup in late March, and then was first in a Group I race in Singapore.
"The way the gate is set up for the mile and a quarter, the horses leave on an angle and what's nice for the horse in the seven post is that it kind of has a straight path into the straightaway," Greely said.
Gio Ponti, a stretch-running 4-year-old son of Tale Of The Cat, has won his last three starts, a pair of Grade I races at Belmont and another at Santa Anita.
He will start from post No. 6 as the morning-line 5-2 favorite with jockey Ramon Dominguez.
Completing the field are Presious Passion (No. 2), Just as Well (3), Stotsfold (4), Mr. Sidney (5) and Cima De Triomphe (8).
A 7-year-old son of 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck, Einstein has won two of his four Grade I races this season and will be ridden by jockey Julien Leparoux.
Presious Passion won the Grade I United Nations at Monmouth for the second straight year and will be piloted by Elvis Trujillo.
Local fans will remember Just As Well, the son of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy.
Just As Well won the Grade III Arlington Handicap last month at the same Million distance.
His jockey, Rolling Meadows High School graduate E.T. Baird, will ride in his first Million.
Kent Desormeaux will steer Mr. Sidney.
Desormeaux, the only jockey this year who has won a Million (2004 with Kicken Kris), will steer Mr. Sidney.
Mr. Sidney's trainer is Bill Mott, who won the 1994 Million with Paradise Creek.
Recapturetheglory's only stakes victory came on the dirt in the 2008 Grade II Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course.
Cima de Triomphe is a graded stakes winner in England and Italy. The gray colt is trained by Luca Cumani, whose Tolomeo edged John Henry in the third running of the Million
Stotsfold, a 6-year-old gelding, is coming off a Group III victory at Longchamp in France.
Arlington Million post positions
Here are the entries for the Grade I Arlington Million XXVII race with a $1 million guaranteed purse. Approximate post time for the 9th race: 4:11 p.m. Saturday. One mile and one-quarter turf.
|3||Just As Well||Baird/Owner||12-1|
|7||Gloria de Campeao (BRZ)||Pereira/Bary||5-1|
|8||Cima de Triomphe (IRE)||Lemaire/Cumani||9-2|
Beverly D. post positions
|1||Alnadana (IRE)||Soumillion/de Royer-DuPre||4-1|
|2||Pure Clan (IRE)||Leparoux/Holthus||3-1|
|3||Points of Grace||Dominguez/Pierce||5-1|
|4||Black Mamba (NZ)||Gomez/Sadler||7-2|
|5||Mad About You (IRE)||Smullen/Weld||6-1|
|5||Mad About You (IRE)||Smullen/Weld||6-1|
Secretariat post positions
Here are the entries for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes race for 3-year-olds with a $400,000 guaranteed purse. Approximate post time for the 7th race: 3:10 p.m. Saturday. One mile and one-quarter turf.
|5||Oil Man (IRE)||Gomez/Sadler||5-1|
|6||Quite A Handful||Bridgmohan/Hansen||20-1|
|7||Take The Points||Graham/Pletcher||9-2|
|9||Black Bear Island (IRE||Murtagh/O'Brien||4-1|
|10||Giant Oak||Razo Jr./Block||3-1|