Godolphin Racing's Sulamani, the Arlington Million's defending champion through disqualification last year, heads a group of 97 internationally prominent Thoroughbreds nominated to the Aug. 14 renewal of Arlington Park's grade I signature grass test .
Godolphin's Sulamani has been nominated to defend his title in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), it was announced today by the Arlington Park racing office. He headlines a group of 97 international runners nominated the signature event of the Chicago racing season. This year's Million will be run Aug. 14.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, adjudged winner of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) two weeks ago, will make his next start in the Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park, according to Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin.
The countdown to the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships began this past weekend, and the only things we really learned are that the American turf horses are going to have to pull a rabbit out of the hat to hold off the Europeans in the Turf once again, and the 3-year-old fillies now look totally overmatched by the trio of "Wonder Women" -- Azeri, Sightseek, and Wild Spirit.
In the most controversial Arlington Million (gr. IT) ever, stewards awarded victory to Godolphin Racing's Sulamani after determining that winner Storming Home interfered at the finish with two horses behind him when he spooked badly just before the wire and unseated his rider, Gary Stevens.
Rene Douglas, who rides Owsley (10-1) in the $700,000 Beverly D., Kaieteur (20-1) in the Arlington Million and Lismore Knight (6-1), also from the rail, in the $400,000 Secretariat, hopes to break down some doors at Arlington Park Saturday.
European-based Sulamani, a winner of multiple Group I outings on other continents, and the recently American-based grade I victor Storming Home, head a field of 13 of the best turf horses throughout the world in Saturday's 21st running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT).
West Coast-based jockey Corey Nakatani, who finished second by a head aboard Gary A. Tanaka's Sarafan in the 2002 Arlington Million, will now get a chance to make amends for that defeat with the mount on Charles E. Fipke's Perfect Soul in Saturday's 21st running of the grade I centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
Sulamani, Olden Times, headed to Arlington, plus Brian Meehan Talks Up Kaieteur
Kaieteur, a 3-year-old son of Marlin--Strong Embrace (by Regal Embrace) bred in Kentucky, rolled to a two-length victory Sunday in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Ger-I) at Munich, Germany.
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