Making only his third career start in the U.S. after beginning his career in Italy, Real Solution was awarded the victory in Saturday’s Arlington Million after The Apache was disqualified for interference nearing the wire.
Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Real Solution was reserved toward the back of the 13-horse field early. Under Alan Garcia, he closed resolutely in the stretch but could not forge past Essafinaat Limited’s The Apace and was bumped by that rival approaching the wire. At the finish, it was The Apache by a head. Following an objection by Garcia, stewards subsequently disqualified The Apache and placed him second. The disqualification was the third in 31 editions of the Arlington Million.
“He broke really good,” said Garcia of the Chad Brown trainee. “The first two and a half (furlongs) I took him back out of there; he was nice and relaxed. At the top of the stretch, I had plenty of horse to go by and the other horse bumped us more than four times – made me lose my momentum. If that didn’t happen, we might have won by two or three lengths.”
Soumillon, on The Apache, disagreed. “As you can see, we were the better horse, but he got scared by the (Jumbotron) screen and shifted out. We were the best horse.”
The final time was a solid 2:00.99 over the firm going, after fractions :24.34, :48.99, 1:13.00 and 1:37.22. The win, worth $558,000, was Real Solution’s fourth in eight lifetime starts, bringing his career earnings to $671,175. The victory was a first in the Million for the owner, trainer and jockey.
Rallying to finish a good third was European invader and Dubai World Cup fourth-place finisher Side Glance under Jamie Spencer, who also had trouble. “I had a beautiful run until the straight and then they played bumper cars. I was following Little Mike and then the (disqualified) winner (The Apache) chopped him off, so I lost my momentum,” Spencer explained.
Defending champion Little Mike, the 9-2 second choice, made all the running until giving way in the stretch and finishing sixth, beaten just over four lengths. “I was in the lead, and kind of got bothered a little bit on the outside. I tried to be cool for a little bit, let him go, but it didn’t help,” reported jockey Joel Rosario.
Indy Point, the 5-2 post time favorite, finished last. “He didn’t like the ground at all. He warmed up fresh; I think the quick turnaround and excitement got to him. He had a good feel to him the first time through, but then didn’t like it and was protecting himself. I eased up on him and let him gallop out,” said jockey Gary Stevens.
Real Solution, a homebred by Kitten’s Joy, returned $18.80, $8.60 and $6.20 winning the race in which his sire finished second in 2005.
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