Arlington MillionArlington Heights, Ill. Arlington Park
The connections of Hardest Core cross-entered in the American St. Leger and Arlington Million when entries were drawn earlier in the week, and the 4-year-old gelding proved Saturday that they made a smart decision when they opted for the $1-million Arlington Million.
Running against a tough field, Hardest Core went off at odds of 11.50-to-1 and used his No. 1 post position to secure a spot on the rail a few spots behind the leader, Side Glance, who led the field through easy fractions. Hardest Core moved to the outside around the far turn while Magician started to roll and go for the lead.
By the stretch, Side Glance had yielded to Magician and it looked like last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf victor was poised to win his second race in the U.S., but Hardest Core had other plans. Jockey Eriluis Vaz urged Hardest Core on and the gelding passed Magician in deep stretch before pulling away to win by a length.
Magician finished second and Side Glance, who had been third in 2013, duplicated that effort again.
Open to horses ages 3 years old and older, this race is contested on Arlington Park’s turf course at a distance of 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs). As its name implies, the 1981 Arlington Million was the first Thoroughbred race to offer a purse of $1-million.
- Race Number: 10
- Date of Race: August 16, 2014
- Current Purse: $1-million
- Location: Arlington Heights, Ill.
- Track: Arlington Park
- Distance: 1 1/4 miles
- Surface: Turf
- Horse Age: 3-year-olds and older
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- Fastest Time (since 1976): 1:58.69 (Awad 1995)
- Greatest Winning Margin (since 1976): 5 lengths (Estrapade, 1986)
- Past Winners: