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Sunday, August 19, 2001


Silvano, trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, put up an excellent performance to win the third leg of the 2001 Emirates World Series, the Arlington Million, on soft turf at Arlington Park, Chicago on Saturday.

Sponsored by Emirates, the award-winning international airline of the United Arab Emirates, the Emirates World Series travels around the globe taking in the twelve most prestigious thoroughbred horse races in ten countries on four continents to establish one true world champion.

Partnered by Andreas Suborics, the four-year-old son of Lomitas, raced in fifth place in the early stages moving up to the leading pack at the half way stage and had the lead as the field turned into the home straight and went clear. He crossed the line three lengths ahead of the second placed Hap, trained by Bill Mott.

Suborics said, “The pace wasn‘t too quick and when he picked it up and we went three lengths clear, everything was perfect. But 2000 metres is his best distance.”

Redattore, from the Dick Mandella stable with Alex Solis up, made most of the running and came in third. Fourth place went to the Andreas Schutz-trained globetrotter Caitano, who had Kent Desormeaux in the saddle.

Desormeaux said after the race, “He tried hard. I had a pleasurable ride. I had heard that he could be difficult horse but he was very professional today.”

After the race an elated Wohler said, “The plan with Silvano is now to run in the Man O’War Stakes at Belmont, then he will go home for a rest and then we will follow the Emirates World Series and go to Australia for the Cox Plate (the eighth leg of the Emirates World Series at Moonee Valley Racing Club.)”

Race favourite Bienamado, trained by Paco Gonzalez and ridden by Chris McCarron, was always in the front four but faded in the straight to finish a disappointing seventh.

Dermot Weld’s Muakaad, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, never got into the race and finished in sixth place and picked up one Emirates World Series point.

Patrick Smullen, who partnered Muakaad, commented “He broke a little slow, but we were quickly able to get into a good position where I was comfortable. To be honest, at the end of the race the ground just came up a little bit too soft for him.”

Compton Bolter, trained in England by Gerard Butler, never looked in with a chance and crossed the line in eleventh place ahead of Make No Mistakes.

Bailey, who now heads the jockey’s table in the Emirates World Series stated, “I was right where I wanted to be, just following that wall of horses. The winner just happened to be directly in front of me. My horse ran super. He didn’t get through the soft ground as well as he does on the firm, and the winner just happened to love it.”

ARLINGTON MILLION (Gr.1) US$1,000,000.
1 mile 2f (Turf) Third Leg Of The Emirates World Series

1 SILVANO (GER) (Gestut Stiftung Fahrhof)
Andreas Wohler (GER) 5 57kgs Andreas Suborics

2 HAP (USA) (Michael Paulson & Edward White)
William Mott (USA) 5 57kgs Jerry Bailey

3 REDATTORE (BRZ) (Luiz A Taunay)
Richard Mandella (USA) 6 57kgs Alex Solis

4 CAITANO (GB) (Gary A Tanaka)
Andreas Schutz (GER) 7 57kgs Kent Desormeaux

5 WHITE HEART (GB) (Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
Neil Drysdale (USA) 6 57kgs Gary Stevens
6 MUAKAAD (GB) (Shadwell Stable)
Dermot K Weld (IRE) 4 57kgs Pat Smullen

7 BIENAMADO (USA) (J A Toffan, Trudy McCaffrey & R E Sangster)
J Paco Gonzalez (USA) 5 57kgs Chris McCarron

8 SENURE (USA) (Juddmonte Farms Inc)
Robert J Frankel (USA) 5 57kgs Robbie Davis

9 TAKARIAN (IRE) (J J Greely, Columbine Stable & T Nichols)
C Beau Greely (USA) 6 57kgs Corey Nakatani

10 QUIET RESOLVE (USA) (Sam-Son Farm)
Mark Frostad (CAN) 6 57kgs Todd Kabel

11 COMPTON BOLTER (IRE) (Erik Penser)
Gerard Butler (GB) 4 57kgs Michael Fenton

12 MAKE NO MISTAKE (IRE) (Bruce Barton & Alvin D Hayes)
Burk Kessinger Jr 6 57kgs Robbie Alborado

Distances: 3, 6, 4, 3, ˝, 4, 1, 5 ˝, nk, nse, 1

Time: 2m 04.91

America’s daily racing newspaper, the Daily Racing Form (drf.com) reported: “Andreas Suborics had never ridden in the United States. Trainer Andreas Wohler had never started a horse in the United States. And no German horse had ever captured the Arlington Million.

But Wohler brought Silvano to the Million in perfect fashion, Suborics gave the horse a perfect ride, and Silvano gave his German owners, Gestut Fahrhof Siftung, a Million trophy, with an authoritative three-length win over Hap. Pacesetting Redattore finished third, and for the second straight year, Bienamado finished unplaced as the Million favorite.

Chicago's biggest afternoon of Thoroughbred racing was a day for Europeans and soft-turf specialists after steady morning rains turned the course yielding. In addition to Silvano ($14.60), England's Legend ($11), bred in France and making her fourth start in the United States, won the Beverly D. in a romp. In the Secretariat, the day's third Grade 1 turf race, Startac ($24.40) salvaged the day for the Americans and for trainer Simon Bray, who had seen Astra finish last as the odds-on favorite in the Beverly D.

The three Grade 1 winners combined for a pick three payoff of $1,263.20, with the wager handling $291,397.

The globetrotting Silvano stole the show in the Million, becoming the fifth foreign shipper to win the race in 19 runnings, and the first since Dear Doctor in 1992. With his win in the Million, Silvano has won races in four different countries. Wohler sent Silvano on an extended trip to the Far East and Dubai this winter and spring, when he won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Cup in Hong Kong.

"At first he didn't take to traveling," Wohler said, "but flight by flight he got better."

Silvano was one of the first Europeans to arrive in Chicago, and the horse trained here all week, breezing over the dirt on Wednesday. A 1 1/4-mile specialist, Silvano showed surprisingly good early foot, stalking the early pace of Redattore.

"There wasn't too much pace, so we were right behind the leaders," said Suborics, Germany's second-leading rider.

Silvano ran along comfortably under a snug hold from Suborics, hugging the rail throughout the race. On the lead, Redattore went clear, pursued by Quiet Resolve, and on the far outside, Bienamado, usually a pace factor, but unable to challenge for the lead through tepid fractions of 24.27 seconds for a quarter-mile, 48.59, and a moderate 1:12.83.

"Normally he just jumps right away," said jockey Chris McCarron. "I was losing confidence as we went around the track. I don't think he struggled over the track, I know he struggled over the track. He was struggling right from the word go."

As Bienamado faded on the far turn, it opened up paths to the outside of Silvano. Suborics smoothly took the horse off the rail, and in a matter of strides he had pounced on Redattore. "When we got to the straight, he was still on the bridle, and I started to feel pretty good," Suborics said.

Silvano opened up at the stretch call, and though Hap emerged from the pack, he never threatened the winner. Silvano, the third choice at 6-1, covered 10 furlongs in 2:02.64. Behind Redattore came Caitano, White Heart, Muakaad, Bienamado, Senure, Takarian, Quiet Resolve, Compton Bolter, and Make No Mistake.

Silvano will make his next start at Belmont in the Man o' War Stakes, provided he comes out of the Million in good order. After that, he will return to Germany for a short rest, then travel to Australia to contest the Cox Plate. That race, like the Million, is part of the Emirates World Series, an international series of races that awards a $1 million bonus to the winner. With his win Saturday, Silvano tied for the lead with Captain Steve and Galileo, who each have won one Emirates series race.”

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