Stretching Out: The American St. Leger Stakes

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The Paulick Report continues its coverage of Arlington Million week from Chicago with a look at the newest addition to the International Festival of Racing – the American St. Leger Stakes. Run at the unusual distance of 1 11/16 miles, the event, which was added last year, is designed to entice European horses to ship over, and at the same time, show that American horses can run long, too.

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  • Glimmerglass

    I’m glad that Arlington Park has supported this race in particular with that generous purse of $400k. (Hopefully it will be graded next year) More distance turf races should be added as opposed yet another sprint.

    However looking at the entries (8) I see only two Euros: Wigmore Hall and Dandio. It begs the question: was this “marketed” to the would-be shippers across the pond properly?

    I look forward to Ioya Bigtime showing this field how its done in the stretch.

    • Cconcerned Observer

      Amen! Amen! Amen! Bring back more distance…. please. We can’t enter if they don’t card them. The fans love the longer races. That is what the Thoroughbred is supposed to be.

  • DonW

    For a several years at Hollywood Park, the meeting-closing feature, the Sunset Handicap, was run at 2 miles on the turf. Always a thrilling race at that distance, it often attracted top horses and was once won at that distance by the great mare, Typecast.

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