Arlington Million S. (gr. I)

(gr. IT , 10f ,)

SPIRIT ONE (FR) (B h, 126 lb) $594,000
Anabaa Blue (GB) —Lavayssiere (FR) , by Sicyos
B—M. Kamel Chehboub & M. Boualem Chehboub, FR.; O—Kamel Chehboub; T—Philippe Demercastel

Archipenko (B h, 126 lb) $198,000
Kingmambo —Bound , by Nijinsky II
B—Eagle Holdings, KY.; O—Sh Mohd bin Khalifa and Parker, Dr. A.H.; T—Michael F. de Kock

Mount Nelson (GB) (B h, 126 lb) $99,000
Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) —Independence (GB) , by Selkirk
B—Cliveden Stud Ltd, GB.; O—Magnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael and Smith, Derrick; T—Aidan P. O'Brien

Margins: ¾, 1½, neck. Others: Silverfoot 126($49,500) , Einstein (BRZ) 126($29,700) , Stream Cat 126($19,800) , Cloudy's Knight 126($10,000) . Winning Jockey, Ioritz Mendizabal.

Although he went off at 13-1, that didnÕt stop Spirit One from winning one for France as he held off race favorite Archipenko by three-quarters of a length in the Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park. It was the French-bred coltÕs first start in the United States.

ÒWeÕll take him home, give him time off, and definitely come back to the U.S for racing,Ó said trainer Philippe Demercastel. ÒIÕve been tempted for awhileÑespecially with this horseÑto try American racing.Ó

Spirit One wired the field on his way to victory in the Arlington Million. The 4-year-old Anabaa Blue coltÕs win made him a millionaire, and his earnings now stand at $1,099,618.

It was DemercastelÕs second trip to the Arlington Million. He also came in 1982 with group I winner Al Nasr while working as an assistant to Andre Fabre, but the Lyphard colt finished off the board.

Spirit One races for Kamel Chehboub, a dried fruit importer who is a native of Tunisia. Chehboub bred the colt with Boualem Chehboub. Spirit One also has three stakes victories in France to his credit, including the March 15 Prix Exbury (Fr-III) and 2006 Prix des Chenes (Fr-III).

The Chehboubs bred Spirit One out of the winning Sicyos mare Lavayssiere, who was a hardy racer. The chestnut mare made 57 starts, including over jumps, during her four year campaign.

Although there is no black type in the first several generations of LavayssiereÕs family, that has not kept her from being an impressive producer. She has had four foals to race, and three of them are stakes winners. The only one not to have found added-money glory is her 2-year-old, Spirit of the King, who just made his first start June 29 and finished second by 11Ú2 lengths.

Lavayssiere is also the dam of a yearling American Post colt named Spirit of America.

Anabaa Blue is the sire of three stakes winners including additional 2008 added-money winners Anacarde (in France) and Claire et Bleu (in France). The 10-year-old son of Anabaa stood the 2008 season at Haras dÕEtreham in France for Û10,000 (about $15,000).ÑA.H.D.