Bandua Takes On Top Talent in Arlington Million

Courtesy of Emily Shields of TVG

A pair of Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In events take place at Arlington Park on Saturday, topped by the $1 million Arlington Million XXXVII. The 1 ¼ mile race is one of three grade 1 races on the turf slated for the August 10 card, and offers an automatic berth into the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) on November 2.

The 2019 Arlington Million drew a field of ten, topped by the streaking Bricks and Mortar (8-5), who has won four starts and three grade 1 races so far this year.

Hoping to cause an upset is Bandua (6-1), who will start from the outside gate. The Jack Sisterson-trainee won the local prep, the Arlington Handicap (G3) on July 13. That was his first win since coming to the United States a year ago, but was a two-time winner in Ireland last year. The son of The Factor was also third here in the grade 1 Secretariat last year. He is three for five at the distance.

Topping Bricks and Mortar will be a tough task. The five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway counts the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) in January, the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) in May, and the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park in June amongst his 2019 victories. Chad Brown trains, regular pilot Irad Ortiz Jr will be up. Bricks and Mortar will be seeking to add to his $4.3 million in earnings.

Brown sends out a formidable pair, with Bricks and Mortar’s stablemate Robert Bruce (Chi) (7-2) back as the defending champion of the race. He has not won since then, but ran second in the Manhattan. Javier Castellano will be up for the first time.

Aidan O’Brien has two entered in the prestigious race, with Magic Wand (Ire) (5-1) also cross entered in the Beverly D. earlier on the card. Fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) last year, she ran second behind Bricks and Mortar in the Pegasus. Hunting Horn (Ire) (12-1) has finished behind the likes of Enable and Crystal Ocean in his last three starts, and was eighth here in the Secretariat last year. Ryan Moore will be in to ride.

The rest of the field includes Arlington Park grade 3 winner Catch En Die (Arg) (30-1), Argentinian grade 1-winner The Great Day (Arg) (12-1), and international shipper Pivoine (Ire) (15-1), who comes in off a win at York for trainer Andrew Balding. Captivating Moon (20-1) and Intellogent (Ire) (12-1) round out the entries.

TVG will be live on site for comprehensive coverage of the Arlington Million card.


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