VA-DERBY RUNNERS TRY SECRETARIAT STAKES

Virginia Derby favorite Rydilluc and third place finisher Jack Milton will take on a full field of 11 other three-year-olds in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes Gr. 1 on today’s Arlington Million card.

Trainer Gary Contessa scratched Rydilluc from last weeks National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S. Gr3 at Saratoga when rain forced the event onto a sloppy main track.

Contessa  he could have opted to keep Rydilluc in upstate New York for the nine furlong Saranac Stakes Gr. 3 on September 1st,  he instead breezed the colt a bullet five-eighths of a mile last Sunday and is headed to Chicago for the Grade 1 Secretariat.

The bay established himself as one of the top turf runners of his generation with victories in the Palm Beach S. Gr.3 in March and in the inaugural Penn Mile June 1st. He stretched out to a mile and a quarter for the first time in the $500,000 Virginia Derby Gr.2 in mid- July , but faded to finish eighth.

Contessa chalked that result up to Colonial Downs’ turf course that was softened by rain.

Jack Milton  gets a chance to become the latest hit for his sensational young sire War Front. Already the winner of the  Transylvania Stakes Gr. 3 at Keeneland. in April, the Gary Barber runner was a fast-closing third to Rydilluc at Penn National and was third by a neck behind War Dancer (War Front) in the Virginia Derby last time out.

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