ARLINGTON NOTES

 Contact: Graham Ross
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Tuesday, August 15, 2000
Festival Tues.(a.m.)

MANNDAR BREEZES HALF-MILE IN FINAL ARLINGTON MILLION MOVE

Preliminary Arlington Million favorite Manndar, bred in Ireland but campaigned in the United States this season, breezed a half-mile over the Arlington turf course Tuesday morning in :53 3/5 - his final serious preparation for the showcase race of the Chicago thoroughbred season on Saturday.

Free-lance exercise rider Andy Durnin - famous for his handling of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus last spring - was aboard Manndar for Tuesday's Arlington work as the four-year-old colt galloped out an additional furlong in 1:06 4/5.

The "dogs" (rubber traffic cones) were set out well away from the inside rail of the morning move, necessitating the coverage of significant additional ground by Manndar from the distances posted.

"He went well, whatever the distance was," said trainer Beau Greeley as Manndar pulled up following the work.

Manndar is projected as the choice of the fans in Saturday's Arlington Million based on his winning efforts in Grade 1 competition in his last two trips to the post. At last asking on Belmont Stakes Day, June 10, the well-made bay won the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap by splitting the leaders in the final furlong for a one-length tally.

Previously, at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 6, Manndar captured the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic by a length and a half after pressing the pace most of the way.

In a start before that on April 8, Manndar finished fourth in the Grade 2 El Rincon Handicap at Santa Anita. That was his first start in three months following a third-place effort in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap on New Year's Day.

"He needed that race (in the El Rincon Handicap)," said Greely. "He was coming off a layoff and he tired down the lane. We had planned an allowance race for him but didn't get one.

"We took it easy with him the first part of the year," Greely said. "We took our time with him because we wanted to save him for later in the year.

"After the Manhattan (Handicap), we walked him for 10 days before we even tried to work him again," Greely said. "He's a pretty good work horse and he trains himself. We were pointing for the Arlington Million all along.

"At a mile and a quarter and with a $2 million purse, the Arlington Million is his Breeders' Cup race," Greely concluded. "This race is his best distance. At the Breeders' Cup, we would have to go either a mile in the Breeders' Cup Mile or a mile and a half in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Right now, we don't want to look beyond this race Saturday."

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL RACING UPDATES

Gary A. Tanaka's Falcon Flight has been declared from the Arlington Million due to a lung infection, it was announced Tuesday morning. Tanaka was the only remaining owner with entrants in all three Grade 1 International Festival of Racing races this season.

Sam-Son Farm had been the only other ownership with original entrants in the Arlington Million, Beverly D., and Secretariat until the defection of Quiet Resolve Friday.

Trainer Ron McAnally, who will saddle Haras de la Pomme's Asidero in the Arlington Million, arrived in Chicago Monday evening.

Nick Clarke, Executive Director of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, arrived in Chicago Monday evening and was an Arlington Press Box visitor Tuesday morning.

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