Up with the Birds possible for 32nd Arlington Million
07/20/2014 4:51 PM
07/20/2014 4:59 PM
Arlington Heights, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Four weeks to go until the 32nd edition of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park and a likely starter could be last year's Canadian Horse of the Year.
Coming off a last-to-first run in Saturday's Nijinsky Stakes at Woodbine is Up with the Birds, 2013 Canadian Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old. Ridden by Eurico Rosa Da Silva, Up With the Birds posted a four-length win on a firm turf course for his initial 2014 victory.
"I didn't think he was going to win that easily going in, but I was pleasantly surprised with how easily he did it," remarked trainer Malcolm Pierce. "He is happy in his stall right now and he definitely knows he won. Right now everything is good."
There's a good chance that the champion colt might make his next start in the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Million on Saturday, Aug. 16.
"As far as the Million, I'll talk with the owners (Sam-Son Farm) over the next couple days," Pierce said. "It's four weeks away and I'll leave it up to them. We also have the Sky Classic Stakes here (at Woodbine, Aug. 16) as an option. I have another very good horse in Aldous Snow and we'll want to separate those two. The aim is the Canadian International (on Oct. 19)."
Up with the Birds has won when crossing the border into the States. He won the Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park last October and the Black Gold Stakes at Fair Grounds in March of last year. He stamped himself Canada's top thoroughbred of 2013 with wins in the Marine and Breeders' Stakes and was runner-up in the Queen's Plate and Keeneland's Transylvania Stakes.
The colt's lifetime earnings are $1,296,259 with seven wins in 12 starts.