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Arlington Million Betting – Up With The Birds Flies North With The Million

Posted by on 8/12/2014 7:59:17 PM

The Arlington Million is a Grade-1 race, and its name should tell you about its significance. It was the first race to offer a million-dollar purse, and it attracts horses aged three years old and up from all over the world. It is run over 1 ¼ miles on a turf surface, and the winner will be automatically invited to the Breeders’ Cup Turf event in November.

There is a lot on the line in this race on Saturday and it figures to be an exciting event, but this year’s winner of the Million will take the winnings to the Great White North as Canada’s Up With The Birds will come out victorious.

What : Horse Betting

When : Saturday, August 16th, post time TBA

Where : Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, IL

Pick : Up With The Birds

Finnegans Wake won his first graded-stakes event by taking the Grade-3 Arlington Handicap in July, and this race is the same distance as the Million, along with the same surface, so his handlers will be hoping that brings some good vibes. However, that might have been a one-off as this five-year-old had finished fourth or worse in seven of his eight previous races. Can Finnegans Wake make lightning strike again? We’ll see on Saturday.

Hardest Core is making his graded-stakes debut and even though he has five wins and two second-place finishes in his last seven starts, all have been either maiden, allowance or non-graded events. This four-year-old colt is going to face the toughest field of his career and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the bright lights of the Million.

Magician hails from Ireland and has raced in North America just once, but it ended in a win at the Breeders’ Cup Turf last November. Since then, Magician has a win and two second-place finishes in five starts, but he has also finished sixth in two races, most recently at the Grade-1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes last month. This four-year-old needs another big run this weekend.

Real Solution is coming off a win in the Grade-1 Manhattan Handicap in June, which followed a second-place finish in the Grade-1 Man O’ War Stakes in May, so he has had a very good 2014 to date. He is also the defending champion in the Million after beating The Apache to the wire last year, and this five-year-old seems like a thoroughbred that likes to run in the top events.

Side Glance comes from Great Britain and recently finished third in the Grade-1 United Nations in July, and this will be his third race in North America as he finished fourth at the Grade-1 Woodbine Mile in 2011, then he finished third in this race last year. But at seven years old, how much does Side Glance have left in the tank and will the long travel be a factor? His last win came in November, when Side Glance won the Grade-1 Mackinnon Stakes in Flemington, Australia.

Smoking Sun was bred in the United States, but he has spent most of his time abroad and most recently, he finished second at the Grade-1 Singapore International Cup in May. This will be his first time in the United States, so there will be a lot of eyes on this five-year-old, which has been a successful horse for his handlers, but he has never faced competition like he has on Saturday. This is the most intriguing horse in the field and he could very well pull out a huge win.

Up With The Birds rounds out the field and he could be the favorite coming into this event as he represents Canada. He has seven wins in 12 starts and two of those wins have come in graded-stakes events, most recently in the Grade-2 Nijinsky last month. If there is something to be concerned about with this four-year-old, it is a pair of sixth-place finishes in the United States prior to his win at the Nijinsky, but prior to that he had won the Grade-1 Jamaica Handicap in October. If that version of Up With The Birds shows up, he could blow away the field on Saturday.

How It Will Play Out

This prestigious race is a great win to have on a horse’s resume, and while Real Solution and Smoking Sun will put up a fight, Up With The Birds will bring the Arlington Million to Canada with a massive win this weekend in Illinois.

Arlington Million Betting Pick: Up With The Birds

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