Victorious in last year’s edition, Wimborn Farm’s Kasaqui (ARG) will attempt to repeat the effort in the 82nd running of the Grade III $ 100,000 Arlington Handicap on Saturday, July 8 at Arlington International Racecourse as part of Ride to the Million presented by Miller Lite.
Kasaqui, trained by Ignacio Correas, IV, is coming off a win in the Grade II Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs last month, his first since the 2016 Arlington Handicap which preceded a runner-up finish in the Grade I Arlington Million behind Mondialiste. The 7-year-old son of Lasting Approval will be piloted from gate five by James Graham as he faces eight rivals going 1 3/16 miles on the turf.
Michael Hui’s Taghleeb, trained by Mike Maker, kicked off his 6-year-old season with a win in the Grade III W. L. McKnight Handicap at Gulfstream Park on the Pegasus World Cup undercard in January before running second in the Grade I Man O’ War stakes at Belmont in May. He most recently failed to menace in the two-mile Grade III Belmont Gold Cup Invitational. The son of Hard Spun will break from the rail under Robby Albarado.
Olympic Star, Inc.’s Applicator, also cross-entered into the Grade III Stars and Stripes, was second by a length two starts back in the Grade III Miami Mile at Gulfstream Park for trainer Mikhail Yanakov. The 4-year-old gelding by Henrythenavigator will be piloted from post eight by Arlington’s leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr.
Darby Dan Farm Racing’s Manitoulin will look to extend his winning streak to three as he steps up off two easy allowance scores at Keeneland and Belmont. Trained by Jimmy Toner, the 4-year-old son of Awesome Again will be trying stakes company for just the second time in his career when he partners with Florent Geroux from post three.
Cammack (Carlos Marquez, Jr., post two), Crewman (Blake Shinn, post four), Ghost Hunter (Edwin Gonzalez, post six), Oak Brook (Santo Sanjur, post seven) and Sir Dudley Digges (Julien Leparoux, post nine) complete the field.
The top three finishers in the Arlington Handicap receive entry with starting fees waived into the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 12, a “Win and You’re In” event for the Grade I $ 4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar Racetrack Nov. 4.
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