|Contact: Graham Ross
Thursday, August 17, 2000
MORE EUROPEANS ARRIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SATURDAY
Compton Bolter, who will be racing in his fourth country and third continent since the beginning of the year when he goes to the post in Saturday's Grade 1 Secretariat, had a leisurely canter once around the nine-furlong Arlington oval Thursday morning.
Relishing the sloppy conditions of the main track, the Erik Penser colorbearer was a happy horse throughout his tour of the course under work rider Sean Buckley.
"He doesn't need to do anything more," Buckley said following the exercise. "He traveled well and he's eating well (since his arrival at Arlington on Tuesday.)"
Compton Bolter, an Irish-bred, was fourth, beaten about five lengths in his most recent trip to the post at Deauville July 14 in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam. The three-year-old colt pressed the early pace in that Bastille Day outing, but was trapped behind rivals before going a mile and unable to rally in the final quarter.
A more impressive outing came two starts back in the Group 1 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket May 6, when he recovered from tight quarters with an impressive late run to finish fifth despite being overlooked in the wagering.
AIDAN O'BRIEN TRAINEES CIRO AND ALLURING DOING WELL
Another European candidate for the Secretariat, Jayeff B Stable's Ciro, is in the best form of his career, according to exercise rider and groom Ryan Thistoll. "He ran a great race last time," said Thistoll, speaking of Ciro's third-place finish in the Group 1 Irish Derby at The Curragh July 2. "He's a pretty consistent horse.
"In the French Derby (Ciro's previous start in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly June 4 where Ciro finished sixth) he just couldn't handle the 'dodgy' (soft) ground. He goes in almost any surface but that day it was just too 'shifty' for him."
Grade 1 Beverly D. candidate Alluring, another Aidan O'Brien trainee owned by Lewis Lakin, is "in the best form I've ever seen her," said Matthew Salaman, her exercise rider and groom. "She traveled well and will just have gentle canters," said Salaman of her schedule leading up to Saturday's $500,000 Beverly D., sister race to the Million.
"In her last start in the Meld Stakes, she was 'in season'," said Salaman, explaining her fifth-place finish in that Group 2 outing at The Curragh July 29. "Her best race was the Pretty Polly in her start before that."
In the Pretty Polly at that same Irish course, Alluring finished a good third, beaten less than three lengths for all of it.
AMERICA ARRIVES IN AMERICA, AS DOES GUILLAMOU CITY
Another Beverly D. candidate, Alain & Gerard Wertheimer's America, arrived Wednesday at Arlington International in fine fettle, according to trainer Criquette Head's assistant Jean-Pierre Mallet. "We had a very good trip over," said Mallet. "Everything went fine."
Conditioner Criquette Head will not be at Arlington Saturday due to a conflict with the yearling sales at Deauville. However, she is well known to local fans after saddling Maktoum Al Maktoum's Hatoof to win the 1994 Beverly D.
America won her last trip to the post in the Group 2 Prix de Malleret June 25 at a mile and a half. The Beverly D. will be contested at a mile and three-sixteenths.
"It will not be a problem to come back in distance," said Mallet. "She has a good chance, but we know that we have to have a good horse for this race."
Secretariat candidate Guillamou City, owned by Gary A. Tanaka, arrived on the same Air France flight that carried the filly America. "Everything is fine," said trainer Jean-Claude Roget's assistant Bertrand LaCroix. "The horse seems well."
SECRETARIAT'S KING CUGAT AND BEVERLY D.'S SNOW POLINA HERE
Trainer Bill Mott's assistant Ralph Nicks said that King Cugat and Snow Polina "Each traveled well in the rain over the main track and will gallop tomorrow as well."
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