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Magician overhauled highly regarded The Fugue to win the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (above) and this weekend he targets the Grade 1 Arlington Million. (Photo by Eclipse Sportswire)

Saturday promises to be a strong day of racing at Arlington Park with more than $2.6-million in purses spread between four major turf races on the Arlington Million card.

Even more impressive than the purse money being offered are the accomplishments of the horses entered in the four races — 25 horses already have a combined 50 group or graded stakes victories between them.

With all of that talent, it is hard to predict who will win each race. But there are some horses that you should be familiar with before you watch the races on Saturday. Read below to find out which ones.

$400,000 American St. Leger

With two previous Arlington Million day winners in the ungraded American St. Leger, they are definitely horses you should know.

Dandino, coming in from England, is the defending victor in this race. The 7-year-old hasn’t won since his trip here last year, but he was second in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup and a respectable fifth in the Melbourne Cup last year during a trip to Australia. While he hasn’t done well in his two starts this year, the ground should be to his liking at Arlington, making him a horse to watch in the race.

DANDINO

Dandino Inside Eclipse

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Admiral Kitten already is a Grade 1 winner with that win coming on this turf course last year in the Secretariat Stakes. By 2004 Secretariat winner Kitten’s Joy, Admiral Kitten hasn’t been able to repeat that performance, but he is a Grade 3 winner this year and lost by only a head to Million contender Finnegans Wake last time out in the Arlington Handicap on this course. 

ADMIRAL KITTEN

Admiral Kitten Inside Eclipse

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Grade 1 $500,000 Secretariat Stakes

Adelaide definitely gets the go ahead here as a horse you should know in this race. Not only will he probably go off as the favorite, but he was also a very close second to the impressive Mr Speaker in the Belmont Derby Invitational. Adelaide is one of the European invaders coming over from the barn of trainer Aidan P. O'Brien and the one many think is the most likely to win from that barn.

ADELAIDE (left) FINISHED SECOND TO MR SPEAKER
IN THE BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL

Adelaide Inside Eclipse

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Lightly raced Divine Oath does not have the best credentials of the horses in the Secretariat field, but the colt has shown that he has a good chance to do well in this race. He won his first two starts before finishing second to Mr Speaker in the Lexington Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack surface in only his third start. Divine Oath is coming into the race off of a win in the 1 3/16-mile American Derby on this same course. That performance showed he can get the 1 ¼ miles of the Secretariat and that he likes the course.

DIVINE OATH

Divine Oath Inside Eclipse

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Grade 1 $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes

Perhaps the toughest race on the card on Saturday, the Beverly D. Stakes has a lot of options for bettors and fans. But two of the females in this field stand out due to races they have won in the past.

If you watched the 2011 Breeders’ Cup, you saw Stephanie's Kitten win the Juvenile Fillies Turf race on the first day of the event. Since then, this Kitten has gone on to win three more graded stakes, including another Grade 1 last year. She is one of two Breeders’ Cup winners on the Arlington Million card and while she is coming into the Beverly D. without a win this year, she was a close second in the Grade 1 Diana Stakes against fellow Beverly D. entrant Somali Lemonade in her last start.

STEPHANIE'S KITTEN

Stephanies Kitten Inside Eclipse

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

One of two classic race winners, Just The Judge is another European-based horse coming over for Saturday’s Arlington card. Last May, Just The Judge won the Irish One Thousand Guineas, one of five classic races run in the country. Just The Judge doesn’t have the best overall résumé and hasn’t won since that race, but her victory in that classic and on-the-board finishes in two other Group 1 events since that race make her an interesting Beverly D. contender.

2013 IRISH ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS

Grade 1 $1-million Arlington Million

The Million has the smallest field of the big four races on Saturday’s card, but don’t let that fool you. The race is stacked with talent.

Of course, two of the horses who will have lower odds on the board are the two you should know for this race.

Magician brings in perhaps the strongest credentials of any horse in the Arlington Million field. Like Just The Judge, he is a 2013 classic victor with a win in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas, but Magician also is known by Americans as the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner.

The 4-year-old colt is another one trained by Aidan O'Brien and will probably go off as the favorite in this race. Magician has only seen the winner’s circle once this year, in a Group 3 race, however he was one of three horses to run below the old course record when he finished second in the Princes of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. One thing to keep in mind if you do look at him as one of your race picks is that he should love the firm ground at Arlington, something he hasn’t seen much of since his Breeders’ Cup victory.

Last year’s Arlington Million winner is back and looking to cross the finish line first in this edition of the race. Real Solution was awarded the win last year after it was found that he was interfered with in the stretch. It’s possible he may be even better this year.

Real Solution finished second by only three-quarters of a length in the Grade 1 Man o’ War two starts ago and was a 1 ¼ length winner in the Manhattan Stakes last out.

REAL SOLUTION

Real Solution Inside Eclipse

Photo by Eclipse Sportswire

The horses highlighted above probably won’t help your betting choices as many of them will be going off at lower odds, but hopefully it gives you some talking points when discussing the races with friends.

Good luck and enjoy the races!

$1-Million Arlington Million Stakes
Saturday, Arlington International Racecourse, Race 10, 6:36 p.m. ET
1 ¼ miles, turf, 3-year-olds and older

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Morning
Line

1

Hardest Core

Eriluis Vaz

Edward Graham

20-1

2

Smoking Sun

Stephane Pasquier

Pascal Bary

9-2

3

Magician (IRE)

Joseph O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien

7-5

4

Finnegans Wake

Ryan Moore

Dale Romans

12-1

5

Up With the Birds

Eurico Rosa Da Silva

Malcolm Pierce

6-1

6

Real Solution

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown

5-2

7

Side Glance (GB)

Jamie Spencer

Andrew Balding

8-1

$750,000 Beverly D. Stakes
Saturday, Arlington International Racecourse, Race 9, 5:54 p.m. ET
1 3/16 miles, turf, fillies and mares 3 years old and older

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Morning
Line

1

Just The Judge (IRE)

Jamie Spencer

Charles Hills

6-1

2

Euro Charline (GB)

Ryan Moore

Marco Botti

8-1

3

Street of Gold

Edgar Prado

Eric Reed

30-1

4

Emollient

Joel Rosario

Bill Mott

501

5

Stephanie's Kitten

Frankie Dettori

Chad Brown

7-2

6

Tannery (IRE)

Robby Albarado

Alan Goldberg

10-1

7

La Tia

E. T. Baird

Armando De la cerda

15-1

8

I'm Already Sexy

Florent Geroux

Wayne Catalano

20-1

9

Alterite (FR)

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown

4-1

10

Sparkling Beam (IRE)

Thierry Jarnet

Jonathan Pease

20-1

11

Somali Lemonade

Luis Saez

Michael Matz

6-1 

$500,000 Secretariat Stakes
Saturday, Arlington International Racecourse, Race 8, 5:15 p.m. ET
1 1/4miles, turf, 3-year-olds and older

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Morning
Line

1

Global View

Julien Leparoux

Tom Proctor

5-1

2

Highball

Frankie Dettori

Wayne Catalano

15-1

3

Belisarius (IRE)

Colm O'Donoghue

Aidan O'Brien

20-1

4

General Jack

Robby Albarado

Mike Maker

12-1

5

Sheldon

Javier Castellano

Jimmy Toner

15-1

6

Adelaide (IRE)

Ryan Moore

Aidan O'Brien

8-5

7

Divine Oath

Florent Geroux

Todd Pletcher

8-1

8

Can'thelpbelieving (IRE)

James Graham

Graham Motion

12-1

9

Tourist

Joel Rosario

Bill Mott

5-2 

$400,000 American St. Leger Stakes
Saturday, Arlington International Racecourse, Race 7, 4:45 p.m. ET
1 11/16 miles, turf, 3-year-olds and older

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Morning
Line

1

Moro Tap 

Robby Albarado

Mike Maker

20-1

2

Dandino (GB)

Frankie Dettori

Marco Botti

3-1

3

Big Kick 

James Graham

Michael Machowsky

6-1

4

Infinite Magic 

Channing Hill

Wayne Catalano

20-1

5

Moment In Time (IRE)

Jamie Spencer

David Simcock

20-1

6

Hardest Core 

Eriluis Vaz

Edward Graham

20-1

7

Havana Beat (IRE)

Joel Rosario

Andrew Balding

15-1

8

Admiral Kitten 

Julien Leparoux

Mike Maker

10-1

9

Eye of The Storm (IRE)

Ryan Moore

Aidan O'Brien

6-1

10

The Pizza Man 

Florent Geroux

Roger Brueggemann

9-2

11

Suntracer 

Javier Castellano

Chris Block

4-1

 


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Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Melissa Bauer-Herzog was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up riding horses in all-around events. After graduating from West Texas A&M with a B.S. in Mass Communication she spent the summer of 2012 interning at the United States Equestrian Federation and working at the Paulick Report. Melissa joined America’s Best Racing in December 2012 while interning with Three Chimneys Farm in their marketing communications division.

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Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Melissa Bauer-Herzog was born and raised in Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up riding horses in all-around events. After graduating from West Texas A&M with a B.S. in Mass Communication she spent the summer of 2012 interning at the United States Equestrian Federation and working at the Paulick Report. Melissa joined America’s Best Racing in December 2012 while interning with Three Chimneys Farm in their marketing communications division.

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