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Aug 12, 2006

Better Talk Now and The Tin Man return in Arlington Million

By: SPORTS NETWORK


Arlington Heights, IL (Sports Network) - Arlington Million XXIV has attracted 11 of the best grass specialists in the world. The 1 1/4 mile turf race is an early preview of the Breeders' Cup Turf coming in November.

Returning from a disappointing seventh place finish in last year's Arlington Million is 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf champion Better Talk Now. The seven-year- old gelding will start from post 8 with regular rider Ramon Dominguez.

Better Talk Now is owned by Bushwood Farm and trained by Graham Motion. The thoroughbred is coming off a fifth place finish in the United Nation Handicap at Monmouth Park. Overall in his career, Better Talk Now has won 12 of 34 starts for $2.8 million.

After a two year break from the Arlington Million, The Tin Man is back and primed for a big effort. The Tin Man will break from post 2 with Victor Espinoza in the saddle.

Owned by Aury and Ralph Todd, The Tin Man has won two of three starts this year and a second in Dubai. He won the American Invitational at Hollywood Park last time out.

Trained by Richard Mandella, The Tin Man has earned more than $2.3 million in his career with 10 wins in 25 starts. He was sixth in the 2003 Arlington Million.

Highly regarded Cacique is coming off a second place effort in the United Nations Handicap after winning the Manhattan Handicap. Cacique will start from post 10 with Edgar Prado riding.

The five-year-old is owned by Juddmonte Farm and trained by Bobby Frankel. Cacique has a career record of six wins in 15 starts. He has earned $962,331.

Completing the field for Arlington Million XXIV are Major Rhythm, Ace, Touch of Land, Soldier Hollow, Phoenix Reach, Cosmonaut, Go Deputy and English Channel.

The Arlington Million will be broadcast on ABC with a post-time of 5:42 p.m. (et).



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