Arlington Million pre-entries revealed
Arlington has released the pre-entries for the marquee events on the August 15 International Festival of Racing. There weren't any earth-shattering surprises in the lists (but Gabriel Charles was later reportedly out because of emergency colic surgery):
Arlington Million (G1)
Belgian Bill, Big Blue Kitten, Bookrunner, Elleval, Gabriel Charles (out with colic surgery), Legendary, Maverick Wave, Quiet Force, Shining Copper, Slumber, The Pizza Man, Triple Threat, Up With the Birds, Wake Forest
Beverly D. (G1)
Carla Bianca, Euro Charline, Lacy, Lots o' Lex, Maid on a Mission, Mango Diva, Secret Gesture, Stephanie's Kitten, Watsdachances, Wedding Vow
Closing Bell, Crittenden, Dekabrist, Force the Pass, Goldstream, Granny's Kitten, Highland Reel, War Dispatch, World Approval (who I imagined wouldn't be here after running at Saratoga Friday)
American St Leger (G3)
Alpha Kitalpha, Az Ridge, Calvados, Crucero, Highball, Hyper, Lucky Speed, Panama Hat, Roman Approval, The Pizza Man (cross-entered as expected), Xtra Luck
Post positions will be drawn Wednesday, beginning at noon (CDT) on WGN.
I'll be posting more about contenders next week. In the meantime, let the serious homework begin!