08/10/2011 12:15PM

Arlington Million: Hatoof kicks off $200,000 guaranteed pick four on Saturday card


Like the three Turf Festival races that will directly follow, the $65,000 Hatoof Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park shapes up as a terrific wagering race. While entries for the Festival were drawn Tuesday, the balance of the 12-race Saturday card, including the Hatoof, were drawn Wednesday.

An oversubscribed field of 3-year-old fillies will run in the Hatoof, which will carry added significance for horseplayers because of its placement on the card. The one-mile turf race goes as the seventh, meaning it starts off the 50-cent pick four (races 7-10) that carries a $200,000 pool guarantee. It also is part of a 50-cent pick five (races 6-10) with a $100,000 guarantee. The Million ends both sequences as the 10th race.

Happy Choice, Notassharpasuthink, and Race to Urga look like the top contenders in the Hatoof. Fourteen are entered, but only as many as 12 can start.