Big day of stakes races at Arlington on Saturday
If you loves stakes races on the turf, then Arlington Park is the place to be Saturday with a Million Preview Day card that features four Grade III races with purses totaling $750,000.
The 12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap, the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap and the $150,000 Stars and Stripes.
And if that's not enough incentive, Arlington will also kick off a special $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4, covering races 7-10 that will include all four of the graded turf stakes.
In the Stars and Stripes, the Mike Maker-trained Dark Cove, with Rosie Napravnik aboard, figures to go off as the heavy favorite in the 1½ mile turf marathon.
Maker also has the morning-line favorite in the American Derby in Admiral Kitten, who will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.
Colonial Flag (5-2) heads a field of eight in what looks like a wide-open Modesty Handicap, while Dullahan, Rahystrada, Coalport and Keep Up head an uber-strong field in the American Derby.
In addition to the big races, the grass-laden card also features the $65,000 Coach Jimi Lee Stakes.
JVB in the house:
Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg, who became the first trainer to win 5,000 races when he saddled Art's Chandelle to victory at Arlington Park on July 15, 1987, will be at Arlington on Million Preview Day to sign copies of his biography "Jack, From Grit to Glory."
Racing fans will be able to purchase copies of the book for $20 and have it autographed by Van Berg from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. just outside of the Arlington Gift Store on the Apron level adjacent to the Food Court.
Rosie should be riveting:
Jockey Rosie Napravnik will be the special guest of the Daily Herald's and Horseplayernow.com's Joe Kristufek during Saturday's "Learn to Win" seminar (1 to 3:30 p.m) located at Arlington University in the Park.
Currently fourth in the nation in wins with 165 and fifth in purses with just over $7 million, Napravnik will be on hand for an interview session and short meet and greet with fans.
In addition, Kristufek and the "AU" staff will teach simple wagering lessons and answer any questions fans may have.
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