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2011 Arlington Million Results

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Cape Blanco wins the 2011 Arlington Million
Cape Blanco wins the 2011 Arlington Million

Cape Blanco wins the 2011 Arlington Million at Arlington Park

© Vanessa Ng
August 13, 2011

The biggest day of racing in Illinois is Arlington Million Day. Celebrating its 29th running, the world's first million-dollar horse race, the $1 million Arlington Million (G1) featured a field of 10 older horses contest this 1 1/4 mile trip on the turf, with Man o'War Stakes (G1) winner Cape Blanco sent off as the 2-1 favorite in his second U.S. start. In to challenge him included 2009 winner and 2010 runner-up Gio Ponti at 5-2, second behind Cape Blanco in the Man o'War last out, and 7-1 third choice Mission Approved, winner of the Manhattan Handicap (G1) before finishing 4th in the Man o'War.

Mission Approved went to the front soon after the start and got fractions of 24.81, 50.26, 1:16.04, and 1:41.50 over the yielding course while as many as 2 lengths in front of Proceed Bee and Dean's Kitten pressing him in second and third respectively. Cape Blanco and regular rider Jamie Spencer sat midpack 4th down the backstretch while Gio Ponti was 8 lengths back in 7th. With 1/4 mile to go, Mission Approved tired as Cape Blanco came out 3 wide to pass the leaders, opening up a 2 1/2 length lead midstretch. Gio Ponti, stuck down on the rail in traffic, could not get outside for room until outside the the 1/8 pole and put in a strong rally but was left with too much ground to recover, as Cape Blanco finished the distance 2 1/2 lengths ahead in a time of 2:05.39. It was just a neck back to Dean's Kitten third.

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On to the Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes won by Stacelita and Treasure Beach

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