German-bred Silvano ran away from the field in the stretch to post a three-length win in Saturday's $1-million Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. Hap finished second, six lengths ahead of Redattore. 3-2 favorite Bienamado raced extremely wide on the first turn but had no response in the stretch and finished seventh.
Redattore led the field around the first turn as the field raced in a tightly packed bunch behind him. On the backstretch, the horses lined up as if riding a school bus, with Redattore in the drivers' spot on the lead along the rail and the others racing in three even rows behind him. On the second turn, Hap moved up along the rail as Bienamado faltered before Silvano moved past Redattore in upper stretch and pulled clear to the wire, completing the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.64 under jockey Andreas Suborics.
"The pace was not too strong, and I got behind the leaders," Suborics said. "We got three lengths clear at the end and everything was perfect."
Caitano finished fourth, four lengths behind Redattore and three lengths ahead of White Heart. Muakaad, Bienamado, Senure, Takarian, Quiet Resolve, Compton Bolter, and Make No Mistake completed the order of finish.
Bienamdo, who was also a losing favorite in last year's Million, may not have handled the soft turf, according to jockey Chris McCarron.
"I hate to blame the course, they all have to run on it, but it just wasn't my horse's day," McCarron said. "Today, he just didn't have it."
Silvano came into the Million out of a fifth-place finish in the Singapore Airlines International Cup in May which followed his first group I win in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong in April. Prior to that win, the frequent flyer finished third – behind Stay Gold and Fantastic Light – in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) after winning the Singapore Cup. The 5-year-old improved his record on the year to three wins from five starts, with two of the wins coming in grade or group I races. Silvano earned owner-breeder Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof $600,000 for the win, his seventh in 15 career starts. Silvano (Lomitas--Spirit of Eagles, by Beau's Eagle) is trained by Andreas Wohler.
Silvano returned $14.60, $6.80, and $4.60. Hap returned $5 and $4 and completed the $85.40 exacta. Reddatore paid $6.40 to show. (Chart, Equibase