The final huge day of racing at Arlington Park this year takes place this weekend, as there are three massive Grade 1 races to look forward to. The Grade 1 turf action gets underway with the Beverly D. Stakes before it is swiftly followed by the Bruce D. Stakes and then the Mr. D. Stakes. But, which runners could be lining up in the races this weekend?
Beverly D. Stakes
The first of the Grade 1s this weekend is the Beverly D. Stakes. It is run over 1 3/16 miles on the turf, and fillies aged three and older can enter. The field for the race can be found below:
- Bramble Queen
- Mean Mary
- Joy Epifora
- Santa Barbara
- Naval Laughter
- Oh So Terrible
All the attention will be back on the Irish-raider, as Aidan O’Brien saddles Santa Barbara. Since disappointing in the Epsom Oaks, she has traveled over to the United States. She was excellent on her first start in the Belmont Oaks, as she beat Con Lima and Higher Truth.
However, she could suffer the same fat as Bolshoi Ballet did last weekend and come up just short. Mean Mary would be our pick for trainer Graham Motion. She has been outstanding this year so far and has already won the G3 Gallorette and G2 New York.
Pick: Mean Mary
Bruce D. Stakes
Next up is the Bruce D. Stakes. This is a race for three-year-olds over a mile on the turf. There is a purse of $300,000 available to connections in the ninth race on the card at Arlington.
- Point Me By
- King of Miami
- Like a Saltshaker
- New Year Surprise
- Mr. Universe
- Tango Tango Tango
This looks set to be a wide-open renewal of the Bruce D. Stakes. Tango Tango Tango may be the most attractive three-year-old in the field, as he has progressed nicely since failing to land in three maiden special weights. Jack Sisterson trains this colt, and he was very impressive at Arlington in July, as he won the American Derby from Red Hornet and Accredit.
King of Miami was back in tenth in that race but could be a contender if he can rediscover his Mystic Lake Derby form. Therideofalifetime is also a likable three-year-old. He was third in the Housebuster Overnight on his last start but was impressive over seven furlongs on his start before then.
However, he does also have form over a mile, as he was fourth in the G3 Iroquois last year, behind Midnight Bourbon, who finished in second. However, we will remain with Tango Tango Tango, who looks set to jive at Arlington.
Pick: Tango Tango Tango
Mister D. Stakes
The most lucrative race of the meeting is the tenth race on the card. There is a purse of $600,000 available in the Mister D. Stakes, as the field travels over 1 ¼ miles on the turf.
- Strong Tide
- Domestic Spending
- Zulu Alpha
- Glynn County
- Two Emmys
- Another Mystery
- Bizzee Channel
- Big Dreaming
- Space Traveller
Domestic Spending will be included on many people’s exactas and trifectas this weekend, and for good reason. The four-year-old has lost on just one occasion on his eight starts. He comes into this after winning three straight Grade 1s, including the Manhattan in June. He is undoubtedly the one to beat but will be very short.
Bizzee Channel won the G3 Arlington Stakes last time out, beating Another Myster, Two Emmys, and Zulu Alpha. However, of the four, the latter remains the highest regarded.
However, we believe that Aidan O’Brien’s best chance of a winner this weekend comes in this race. Armory makes the trip over to the States after finishing third, behind Love, in the G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and fourth in the G2 York Stakes, behind Bangkok. He was very impressive earlier in the season in the G2 Huxley Stakes, and the trip could suit him down to the ground, based on his win over 1 ¼ at The Curragh in the G3 Royal Whip Stakes last year.
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