Subscribe to the Newsletter

Handicapping The Arlington Million

"Horses racing in this weekend's Arlington Million went out on the track to practice Thursday morning," Michelle Stoffel reports for TribLocal Arlington Heights.

"European and American horses will battle for the $1 million purse in the Arlington Million, the Beverly D. Stakes, and the Secretariat Stakes race. The three races together make up the Arlington International Festival. Experts are predicting a showdown between the Irish-bred Cape Blanco and the Kentucky-bred Gio Ponti, who won in 2009 and would challenge the famed John Henry's status as a two-time winner of the Arlington Million if he takes first place this year."

*

"You hear a lot about the big-time guys who train racehorses, about their top-level contenders and Grade 1 conquests," Claire Novak writes for ESPN.com. "You hear less often of small-time trainers; their accomplishments aren't always as frequent or as flashy. But once in a while a horse comes along to change it all, catapulting his connections to the top of the game.

"Mission Approved is that kind of runner, one who started for a $35,000 tag last June. This week, the former claimer is the 6-1 third choice on the morning line for the Grade 1 Arlington Million, a 1 1/4-mile event on the Arlington Park lawn that could lead to a start in the Breeders' Cup Turf. "

*

"Three-time Eclipse Award honoree Gio Ponti is on the grounds at Arlington Park for Saturday's 29th running of the Arlington Million. The 2009 Million winner came in from Saratoga for the 1 1/4-mile turf race," The Sports Network reports.

"Second in last year's Million to Debussy, the six-year-old champion is the 2-1 second choice in the morning-line behind 9-5 favorite Cape Blanco."

*

-

Comments welcome.


More from Beachwood Sports »

Driven: The Story Of The First African American Inducted Into The NASCAR Hall Of Fame

Wendell Scott was to NASCAR what Jackie Robinson was to baseball. The difference was that Robinson played in liberal Brooklyn and had the backing of Branch Rickey, and Scott raced in the segregated South and had . . . nobody."

Continue reading "Driven: The Story Of The First African American Inducted Into The NASCAR Hall Of Fame" »

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

The White Sox Report

Pelfrey's Proof

Motivating Mike - and Matt.

Continue reading "Pelfrey's Proof " »

Posted on Jun 19, 2017

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #157: The Cubs Are Officially In Trouble

And help may not be on the way. Plus: On Hahn; The Human Journey Of Scott Darling; Bears Look Good Against The Bears!; Dwyane Wade's Fake News; What Kevin Durant Has Done; The Pens & P.K.; and Schweinsteiger!

Continue reading "The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #157: The Cubs Are Officially In Trouble" »

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

Breaking Beachwood Sports Feed!