Aidan O'Brien's trio of Treasure Beach, Up and Daddy Long Legs all made an appearance Friday morning at Arlington Park, one day ahead of their starts in the International Festival of Racing.
Grade 1 Arlington Million entrant Treasure Beach, a British-bred colt owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, visited the main track shortly before 7:30 a.m. (CDT) for a brief canter.
Grade 1 Beverly D. candidate Up, an Irish-bred filly owned by Smith, Magnier and Tabor, also visited the main track as did the ubiquitous Irish conditioner's Kentucky-bred Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes runner Daddy Long Legs, who is owned by the same partnership.
In addition to the Irish-based invaders, other European challengers went out to the main track briefly.
Among them were Arlington Million candidates Afsare, the British-bred gelding owned by Darley Stud Management, who was supervised by Sarah Cumani, wife of trainer Luca Cumani and ridden by British apprentice jockey Patrick Hills; Crackerjack King Syndicate's Irish-bred Crackerjack King, who was ridden by Lucie Botti, wife of trainer Marco Botti; Darley Stud Management's Irish-bred colt Colombian; and Mark Hawtin's Irish-bred gelding Wigmore Hall, who was supervised by conditioner Michael Bell who arrived in Chicago Friday.
European invaders who went to the track in advance of Saturday's Beverly D. included Gestut Karlshof's German-bred filly Kapitale, with Lisa Kruellmann astride while under the supervision of trainer Andreas Wohler who arrived in Chicago Friday, and the British-bred Darley Stud Management-owned filly Joviality.
In addition to O'Brien's Daddy Long Legs, France's Secretariat challenger Bayrir, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs, also visited the main track Friday morning.
European invaders for Saturday's inaugural running of the American St. Leger who visited the track Friday during training hours included the Jakkalberry Syndicate's Jakkalberry, with exercise rider Reese Evans up; Darley Stud Management's German-bred gelding Zuider Zee and Eastwind Racing and Robert Trussell's Bridge of Gold.
Domestic shippers from the barns of Dale Romans, Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey, H. Graham Motion, and Dale Romans arrived in good order on Thursday.
Phipps Stable's Boisterous, the 4-1 morning line favorite for the Arlington Million, shipped via a plane from Albany, New York, that was a bit delayed because of storms in the Chicagoland area. There were no other issues, however, and the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap runner-up only walked Friday morning and grazed outside Barn 9.
"I just got here today, so I don't know how he shipped, but I was happy when I saw that black and red blanket," McGaughey assistant Robbie Medina said, adding that Boisterous would probably go to the track Saturday morning.
Priscilla Vaccarezza's homebred Little Mike was the other Million entrant to arrive on Thursday, shipping from Louisville, Kentucky, for trainer Dale Romans.
Little Mike galloped 1 1/2 miles, as did Romans' Grade 1 Secretariat trio of Mark Bacon and Dana Wells' Silver Max, Albaugh Family Stable's Cozzetti and Donegal Racing's Finnegans Wake.
Squaring off against Romans in the Secretariat is Waterford Stable's Summer Front for trainer Christophe Clement, who also sends Cheyenne Stable's Mystical Star in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes. The Clement pair were on the same flight as Boisterous, and assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul said both horses handled the delay well.
Mystical Star jogged 1 1/8 miles Friday morning, while Summer Front jogged six furlongs and galloped another five furlongs.
Also in the Beverly D. is Flaxman Holdings' homebred Aruna, who finished second to Mystical Star in the Grade 2 New York Stakes last out. She shipped in well from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland for Motion, as did that trainer's St. Leger entrant, Team Valor International's Lake Drop.
In other International Festival of Racing news:
Dorothy Gentner's Game Ball, entered in Saturday's inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger, did not ship to Chicago and is entered in Saratoga's Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational on the same day. Trained by Naipaul Chatterpaul, Game Ball had been dismissed as one of four 30-1 long shots in the American St. Leger.
Among the runners in Saturday's International Festival of Racing that were scheduled to school in the paddock Friday were the Romans-trained quartet of Little Mike, Silver Max Cozzetti and Finnegans Wake. All four were scheduled for schooling possibly before Friday's 1ST race.
Scheduled for schooling with the 1ST race was the Clement-conditioned duo of Mystical Star and Summer Front.
Scheduled for schooling with the 2ND race were trainer Mike Stidham's Festival runners Willcox Inn, owned by Lael Stable and All In Stable in advance of the Arlington Million; as well as Stone Farm et al.'s Beverly D. hopeful Upperline.
Scheduled for schooling with the 4TH race was Million contestant Afsare.