Arlington Millions: Real Solution to Defend Title

Field of Seven in Arlington Millions

A field of seven horses have been entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Arlington Millions and features last year’s winner Real Solution who is out to defend his title.

Real Solution took the Arlington Millions in 2013 after The Apache was disqualified for interference in the stretch.  Trainer Chad Brown lost the next four starts with the horse, but enters tomorrow’s race with a solid win in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park on June 7th.  He’ll break from the post 6 with Castellano riding with odds of 5/2.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien sends likely favorite Magician into the race with jockey Joseph O’Brien.  With odds of 7/5 Magician is best known for his win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita last year.  The O’Brien duo lost ground at Ascot the last time out finishing sixth.  He was beaten by 13-3/4 lengths, but hopes to gain ground on the Turf at Arlington.  Magician will break from post 3.

Hardest Core will come from the inside post with 20-1 odds.  Trained by Edward Graham the contender has finished either first or second in his last 7 starts.  While the competition will be of higher caliber in the Arlington, he’s moving up in class in this one.

Smoking Gun will come from post 2 with jockey Stephane Pasquier.  Predominately racing in France, this Pascal Bary trained horse had a decent finish despite the trouble in the field his last time out.  He made up six lengths in the stretch to claim second.  The son of Smart Strike has odds of 9/2. 

From post 4 Finnegans Wake will break with odds of 12-1.  The Dale Romans trained horse has one of Irelands leading jockeys, Ryan Moore, steering in this one.  He was incapable of gaining any ground in previous Grade1 races against leading competition.  He won at Arlington his last time out on July 12th, in a Grade 3 traveling 1-1/4 miles.

Up With The Birds will break from post 5 with odds of 6/1.  This contender has shipped in from Toronto with one of their best trainers Malcolm Pierce.  Under jockey Eurico Da Silva, they won their last time out at Woodbine coming from off the pace for the win.

Side Glance takes the outside post (7) with jockey Jamie Spencer.  Being one of three European horses entered in this race, he has already competed in a U.S. race taking third at Monmouth Park on July 6th.  He competed in last year’s Arlington Millions and placed third.  He will likely be on the lead with odds at 8/1, as his last effort was a prep for the Arlington.

The Arlington Millions G1 race for three-year-olds and up has a post time of 6:36pm ET.

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