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Arlington Million Betting - Windy City Payday

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 8/16/2012 6:22:54 PM

Who: Thoroughbreds – Little Mike (win).
What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – Arlington Million  
Where: Arlington Park
When: Saturday August 18

The International Festival of Racing will be held at Arlington in Chicago this Saturday with major races all over the place and plenty of opportunities for online betting sites players to get involved.

Three Grade 1 races grace the card with the granddaddy of them all, the 30th running of the mile and a quarter Arlington Million on turf as 11 entered, 6 American-based runners and 5 European shippers.

I’m afraid I’m dating myself here, but I’ll never forget the first Arlington Million in 1981. I was staying at Del Mar that weekend and was watching the race with a bunch of friends when the great John Henry nipped The Bart in the last jump and he came back three years later to defend his title successfully.

This was before live telecasts so one of my shadier friends ran into a guy at the track who hadn’t seen the race. When they showed it at the track on replay, the guy was adamant John Henry won and my shadier friend told him he’d bet anything that the horse lost.

You know the rest of the story.

Last year Cape Blanco for the world-class trainer Aidan O’Brien parlayed a win in the Man O’ War to a victory in the Million with a 102 Beyer coming from over 4 off the pace on a yielding course.

This year there are local runners, entrants coming from York, Ascot, Ireland, Sandown, New York and California.

This horse betting race is so wide-open the morning line favorite will open at 4-1 and even in a big field, that doesn’t happen every day.

Several in the race have won at this demanding distance but let’s take a shot at a speed play in Little Mike.

There is really not a ton of other speed in here, he gets Ramon Dominguez for this and trainer Dale Romans had saddled 5 horses this meet going into the action here and three have won.

This gelding has won 10 of his 14 grass races, took the Grade 1 Turf Classic in May, then shipped to California and went 1:09 and change early in a mile and wilted.

He has trained steadily in Kentucky since and could proven an elusive proposition.

Think about using Aidan O’Brien’s Treasure Beach and Afsare in the exotics.

In the Grade 1 Secretariat Summer Front figures to be a handful. He is unbeaten in 5 starts on grass and his only losses have come on synthetic surface.

The Grade 1 Beverly D just might be the vehicle for Marketing Mix. Trained by the cagey Tom Proctor, this miss has won 6 of 8 on grass with a second and is seeking to turn the hat trick here.

One for one at this demanding marathon distance, she also won her only start on this grass course last September over 13 rivals.

Mix it up with speed, stalkers and closers and good luck with your online sportsbook.

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