Arlington Million & Beverly D preview

by TCI 12 months ago

The TCI boys preview the first big collection of preps for multiple turf divisions in this year’s Breeders’ Cup picture, breaking down the Arlington Million (G1), Beverly D (G1) for fillies and mares, and Secretariat (G1) for 3-year-olds on Saturday’s International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park. Brisnet’s Ed DeRosa joins on-location from Chicago with his analysis. How good are the Euro invaders this year? Which American’s have the best chance at keeping the money at home? Watch it. Comment.

Discussion

  • JR

    Hey Joel,
    What a weekend for Ken Ramsey, and all those kittens, here a kitten, there a kitten, everywhere a kitten, kitten. Looks to be a big jump in Kitten Joy”s fee next year.
    Joel, when you have a DQ is there ever a time where the stewards levy a fine on a jockey? When I saw the head on of the Adirondack, I thought “boy, that could have been bad”. In the Arlington, it seems a jockey would know he was moving over and would be causing interference.

    Look forward to your Travers preview. Take care my friend,
    Kind Regards,
    JR

    • Joel Cunningham

      Hey JR! You know that’s a great question. I think the stewards would normally meet and make a judgement on it early this week, however since Soumillon is not a North American jockey I’m not sure what they can do there in terms of a suspension. The likeliest of punishment I would guess, if any, will be a fine that’s likely not going to be too sizable. I’m sure they would require him to pay the fine before being able to ride again in North America, but honestly I have never been to stewards school so I’m a little unsure as to the rules and ways they can carry out punishment in this situation. There is no question that Soumillon rode recklessly in the stretch, hitting The Apache several times with hard left hands and not maintaining anything close to a clear path, and we obviously know now from the head-on that it caused them to bump Real Solution multiple time and significantly forceful enough to knock him out several path.

      I’ll be honest with you, when I saw it live from the broadside view that we always watch racing from on TV I thought Real Solution was going to go right on by with relative ease with all of the momentum he had…he was traveling much better than The Apache IMO. And when he never got by him it made me wonder immediately what had happened… did Real Solution hang? Did Real Solution get hurt? ..those were my thought because to me it clearly wasn’t a situation where I felt The Apache fought back gamely and it was his will that got him back in front…it was clear to me that Real Solution really slowed down. So when they announced a rider’s objection I immediately knew that either Soumillon hit Real Solution in the face with his whip or came out and bumped significantly. After seeing the replay it was clear…reckless riding and he never really attempted to right the situation after the first bump, he was riding only to Win and not for safety, thus I think a fine of some sort will be ordered by the stewards. Just my guess…and I would say it will be soon.


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