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Weekend Stakes Action (Results)

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Date

Race

Gr.

Track

Dist.

Surf.

Winner

Odds

8/21/2010

Alabama

1

Saratoga

10.0

Dirt

Blind Luck

9/5

8/21/2010

Arlington Million

1

Arlington 

10.0

Turf

Debussy

11/1

8/21/2010

Secretariat

1

Arlington 

10.0

Turf

Paddy O'Prado

1/2

8/21/2010

Beverly D.

1

Arlington 

9.5

Turf

Eclair de Lune

6/1

8/21/2010

Del Mar Oaks

1

Del Mar

9.0

Turf

Evening Jewel

8/5

8/21/2010

Philip Iselin Hcp.

3

Monmouth

9.0

Dirt

Duke of Mischief

16/1

8/21/2010

Stars and Stripes

3

Arlington 

13.0

Turf

Memorial Maniac

8/1

8/22/2010

Sky Classic

2

Woodbine

10.0

Turf

Marsh Side

3/5

8/22/2010

Lake Placid Hcp.

2

Saratoga

9.0

Turf

It's Tea Time

4/5

8/22/2010

Longacres Mile

3

Emerald

8.0

Dirt

Noosa Beach

9/5

8/22/2010

Rancho Bernardo

3

Del Mar

6.5

Poly

Sweet August Moon

7/5

UPDATE:

-Paddy O'Prado stamped himself (in my opinion) as the best turf horse in America, regardless of age.  Trainer Dale Romans has got to be salivating at the thought of running him in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

-Eclair de Lune (GER) looked very, very nice in winning the Beverly D.  This is a filly that I was intrigued with in the Modesty Handicap last month after shipping out to Illinois from California for her first third North American start.  

Great closing kick by Blind Luck to win the Alabama at Saratoga.  Devil May Care didn't look like she wanted to be there once they hit mid-stretch.  

-Dubussy, the other John Gosden horse, puts in a great late run to take the Grade 1 Arlington Million over Gio Ponti and Tazeez.  

The three European horses in the Million went off at 11/1, 6/1, and 10/1 odds; one of the best value plays in North American tracks are mid-level European horses in Grade 1 races.

Horse racing fans can't get much better than this weekend if they are looking to watch top class racing on the grass.  Arlington Park hosts their International Festival of Racing featuring four graded stakes: Stars and Stripes, Secretariat, Bevery D., and the Arlington Million.  Additionally, eleven to the twelve races at Arlington Park today will be on the turf.

Today's scratches and changes can be found at the links below:

Arlington Park

The rail horse in the Million, Marsh Side, did indeed scratch from the race.

Inner Turf: Yielding
Million Turf: Good

Del Mar

Monmouth (Turf rail is at 12ft.)

Saratoga (Rail is at 18ft. on both the inner and Mellon turf courses today.)