| Contact: Graham Ross
Wednesday, August 16, 2000
SLICKLY HAS A SLICK MORNING MOVE FOR SATURDAY'S MILLION
At 8:50 a.m. Wednesday and with ideal weather and turf conditions, Godolphin's Slickly breezed five furlongs over Arlington's grass course in 1:03 4/5 in his last major move prior to his upcoming engagement in Saturday's Grade 1 Arlington Million.
Slickly, considered the main European threat in the showcase race of the Chicago season this weekend, galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:18 under Brian Powell, a Godolphin head lad who arrived with Slickly on an Air France flight to O'Hare shortly after midnight last Friday.
With rubber cones ("the dogs") placed well off the inside rail on the turf course, the actual distances traveled by Slickly in his training move were appreciably extended, making the precise times recorded somewhat insignificant.
"We were happy enough with the work," said Powell after returning to a two-stall quarantine barn on the Arlington backstretch. "The condition of the turf course was absolutely brilliant. He (Slickly) likes a bit of jar in the ground, and if it stays as it is, he should love it on Saturday. Any horse should.
"He was a little bit lost out there today - looking around a bit - but that will help him (Saturday)," Powell said. "Over there, we usually work our horses in twos and threes, so if he'd been in company today he would have been a little more alert. Also, since he got here, he's been galloping in the dark so he hasn't had much of a chance to look around until today."
As a footnote to confirm that, the gray four-year-old colt actually stepped on one of the rubber traffic cones turning for home, knocking it over on its side. "We were just cutting the corner a little bit," Powell said with a laugh.
"Things have gone well since we got here," Powell said. "He shipped well. There's been no messing around. He's eating well and drinking well. He's fit enough. If they're not fit when you come you've got no chance."
Interestingly, in his last start in the Group 3 La Coupe at Longchamp June 15 (his first under the auspices of Godolphin), the French-bred Slickly made the pace and drew clear in the final furlong for a two-length tally at the mile and a quarter distance. However, according to Powell, it is unlikely he will be the front-runner on Saturday when jockey Frankie Dettori will handle the reins.
"Obviously, he's not going to be in front out of the gate," Powell said. "He'd have to be a good English horse to get out of the gate first. (French horses are known for notoriously slow early going with a style to pick it up significantly in the later stages.)
"He'll probably just settle in during the early going," Powell concluded.
RON MCANALLY SPEAKS OF MILLION CANDIDATE ASIDERO
"We had him out for a gallop early this morning," said Hall Of Fame trainer Ron McAnally of his Arlington Million prospect Asidero, an Argentine-bred bay four-year-old colt owned by Haras de la Pomme who arrived Tuesday. "We'll do the same thing tomorrow, then school him Friday, and let him go through the stretch."
McAnally has had Asidero under his care about six months. The trainer first saw him in Argentina when the colt won the Group 1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini at San Isidro in December. McAnally was represented by Crystal House in that race, who finished third behind Asidero, beaten a neck and a head.
Robert G. Schaedle III & Bonnie Heath Farm's Honor Glide was declared Wednesday morning from Saturday's Arlington Million. The Estate of Allen E. Paulson's Astra was removed Beverly D.consideration.
All five starters listed as "possible" for the Secretariat are withdrawn: Conscience Clear, David Copperfield, Mister Volare, Rumsonontheriver and Whyome.
Arlington jockey Eddie Perez, closing in on the 1,000-win milestone, has 998 lifetime wins going into the first race Wednesday.
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