The Irish-bred colt Vespone and the South African-bred mare Crimson Palace, a pair of Godolphin Racing Inc. competitors in Saturday's International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park, turned in easy gallops Monday morning at the suburban Chicago track.Vespone will try to give Godolphin its second straight Million victory, while Crimson Place goes in the $750,000 Beverly D. (both gr. IT). Sulamani was awarded last year's Million victory when second to Storming Home, who was disqualified for interference just before the reaching the finish of the 1 1/4-mile Classic.
Arlington will host Saturday's 22nd running of the Million and 15th running of the Beverly D. Also on tap is the 27th renewal of the $400,000 Secretariat (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds, the only three grade I events presented in Illinois on an annual basis. "They just had regular gallops once around the track," said Rachel Doré, who along with Charlie Appleby will serve as the assistants in charge of Godolphin's duo for the next few days. "They are both fine," Doré said. "We don't know exactly what is planned for them this week. We haven't yet gotten our instructions from the home office." In his most recent trip to the post, Vespone finished second by three-quarters of a length in the listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury July 17. The son of Llandaff out of an Alysheba mare, was headed about 200 yards from the wire after the rider lost his whip. As a sophomore last year,
Vespone captured the Prix de Paris (Fr-I) at Longchamp before being purchased by his present connections. Crimson Palace finished sixth June 16 in the Windsor Forest Stakes (Eng-II) during the Royal Ascot meeting, but before that she captured the Middleton Stakes (Eng-III) by three-quarters of a length at York. Earlier this year, the 5-year-old bay mare was fourth, beaten three-quarters of a length for all of it, when racing against males in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) at Nad al Sheba March 27.
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford, Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor and stable jockey Frankie Dettori are due Thursday night in Chicago.