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Arlington Million 2018 pre-entry profiles

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August 6th, 2018

The 36th running of the Arlington Million (G1) is a week away, and pre-entries were released Friday for the 1 1/4-mile turf affair. There is a lot on the line in the contest, as the race is not only worth $1 million in purse money but also awards an all-fees paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) as part of the Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge series.

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Below are profiles for the Arlington Million pre-entries:

ALMANAAR (GB)   6yo, g, chestnut
Dubawi (IRE)-Baqah (IRE), Bahhare
        Trainer   Chad Brown
Career Record   15-6-3-2, $491,333   Owner   Shadwell Stable (Rich Nichols)
Arlington Record   0-0-0-0, $0   Breeder   Shadwell Estate Company Limited

Biggest win: 2017 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 98

British-bred gelding has yet to finish worse than fourth in five U.S. starts. A multiple Group 3 winner in France, the chestnut is riding a two-race win streak, having captured the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1) and an allowance/optional claimer in his past two.

CATCHO EN DIE (ARG)   6yo, g, dark bay/brown
Catcher in the Rye (IRE)-Lola Grill (ARG), by Engrillado (ARG)
        Trainer   Naipaul Chatterpaul
Career Record   9-5-1-0, $205,054   Owner   Naipaul Chatterpaul and Sotirios Sakatis
Arlington Record   1-1-0-0, $56,400   Breeder   Jorge Eduardo Livschitz

Biggest win: 2016 Gran Premio Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz (Arg-G1)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 97

Six-year-old gelding was unbeaten in three starts in his native country but broke through with his first U.S. victory last out in the Stars and Stripes Stakes (G3) at Arlington. He was claimed out of his second start of this year, which was also his third stateside effort.

CENTURY DREAM (IRE)   4yo, c, bay
Cape Cross (IRE)-Salacia (IRE), by Echo of Light (GB)
        Trainer   Simon Crisford
Career Record   15-7-0-2, $227,911   Owner   Rabbah Bloodstock LLC Lessee (Brian R. Thompson)
Arlington Record   0-0-0-0, $0   Breeder   Rabbah Bloodstock Limited (IRE)

Biggest win: 2018 Diomed Stakes (Eng-G3)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: N/A

Bay colt would make his U.S. bow in the Arlington Million and is exiting a fourth-placing in the Summer Mile Stakes (Eng-G2) at Ascot. Prior to that one, he was beaten only three parts of a length when fourth in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-G1) at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet, missing third by just a nose.

CIRCUS COUTURE (IRE)   6yo, h, chestnut
Intikhab-Bois Joli (IRE), by Orpen
        Trainer   Jane Chapple-Hyam
Career Record   29-8-9-7, $490,868   Owner   Jane Chapple-Hyam and Bryan Hirst
Arlington Record   0-0-0-0, $0   Breeder   Azienda Agricola Mariano

Biggest win(s): A quartet of Group 3s in Italy     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: N/A

Six-year-old chestnut missed second by a head at 100-1 when third in the Royal Hunt Cup, a Heritage Handicap, at Royal Ascot on June 20. The Irish-bred would make his U.S. debut in this spot.

DEAUVILLE (IRE)   5yo, h, bay
Galileo (IRE)-Walklikeanegyptian (IRE), by Danehill
        Trainer   Aidan O'Brien
Career Record   21-4-6-4, $1,259,297   Owner   Mrs. Fitri Hay, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith
Arlington Record   2-0-0-2, $189,000   Breeder   Mrs. Fitir H. Hay

Biggest win: 2016 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 95

Bay has finished third in the Arlington Million for the past two years. His first attempt came one race after taking his U.S. debut in the 2016 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1).

DIVISDERO (KY)   6yo, h, bay
Kitten's Joy-Madame du Lac, by Lemon Drop Kid
        Trainer   Kelly Rubley
Career Record   19-6-3-3, $1,244,750   Owner   Gunpowder Farm LLC (Thomas Keithley)
Arlington Record   2-1-0-0, $67,000   Breeder   Hinkle Farms

Biggest win(s): 2016-17 editions of Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 101

Kitten's Joy six-year-old finished seventh by 2 1/2 lengths in last year's Arlington Million (G1). He only recently got back on the winning track with a half-length victory in the Arlington Handicap (G3) to ready for the 2018 running of the race.

MONEY MULTIPLIER (KY)   6yo, r, dark bay/brown
Lookin at Lucky-Intensify, by Unbridled's Song
        Trainer   Chad Brown
Career Record   23-5-8-2, $1,263,584   Owner   Al Shahania Stud (Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani)
Arlington Record   0-0-0-0, $0   Breeder   Machmer Hall & Haymarket Farm

Biggest win(s): 2017-18 editions of Monmouth Stakes (G2)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 112

Lookin at Lucky ridgling earned a whopping 112 BRIS Speed rating in 2016 when second in the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1). His last two races saw the six-year-old dark bay defend his title in the Monmouth Stakes and finish a half-length second in the United Nations Stakes (G1).

OSCAR PERFORMANCE (KY)   4yo, c, bay
Kitten's Joy-Devine Actress, by Theatrical (IRE)
        Trainer   Brian Lynch
Career Record   12-7-0-1, $1,976,632   Owner   Amerman Racing Stables LLC (Jerome and John Amerman)
Arlington Record   1-1-0-0, $240,000   Breeder   Mrs. Jerry Amerman

Biggest win(s): Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), Belmont Derby Invitational (G1), Secretariat Stakes (G1)      Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 114

Four-year-old colt is top class all the way, racking up wins in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and last year's Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) and Secretariat Stakes (G1). The Kitten's Joy bay could add the Arlington Million to his already impressive resume.

ROBERT BRUCE (CHI)   4yo, c, dark bay/brown
Fast Company (IRE)-Lady Pelusa (ARG), by Orpen
        Trainer   Chad Brown
Career Record   8-7-0-0, $360,457   Owner   Convento Viejo LLC (Luigi d'Alessandri)
Arlington Record   0-0-0-0, $0   Breeder   Haras Convento Viejo

Biggest win: Four Group 1s in his native Chile     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 97

Dark bay suffered his first loss from eight career starts when sixth by only a length in the Manhattan Stakes (G1) last out on June 9 at Belmont Park. Prior to that, he successfully carried his perfect mark from Chile into the United States with a three-quarter length victory in the Fort Marcy Stakes (G3) at Belmont on May 5.

SPRING QUALITY (PA)   6yo, g, bay
Quality Road-Spring Star, by Deputy Minister
        Trainer   Graham Motion
Career Record   11-6-3-0, $860,797   Owner   Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.)
Arlington Record   0-0-0-0, $0   Breeder   George Strawbridge Jr.

Biggest win: Manhattan Stakes (G1)     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 98

Quality Road gelding stepped up in a big way to upset the June 9 Manhattan Stakes (G1) at 18-1 most recently at Belmont Park. The six-year-old bay is no slouch, having run worse than second only twice in his 11-race career.

TWENTY FOUR SEVEN (KY)   5yo, g, chestnut
City Zip-Here Comes Amelia, by War Chant
        Trainer   Roger Brueggemann
Career Record   17-5-0-3, $143,065   Owner   Midwest Thoroughbreds (Richard and Karen Papiese)
Arlington Record   4-2-0-0, $43,120   Breeder   Richard Maynard

Biggest win: no stakes wins     Career-high BRIS Speed Rating: 98

Five-year-old chestnut just made his stakes bow last out in the Arlington Handicap (G3) and finished sixth, beaten two lengths for it all. He brought a three-race win streak into that 1 3/16-mile affair and was sent off at 45-1.

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