08/16/2013 11:29AM

Arlington: Million longshot Mull of Killough okay after brief scare

Shigeki Kikkawa
Mull of Killough, fifth in the Singapore International Cup in May, was uninjured after getting cast in his stall on Thursday.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Mull of Killough, one of six European runners in the Arlington Million, had a minor setback Thursday but went back to the track Friday, said trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam.

“He got cast in his stall during the early morning hours [Thursday] and wasn’t quite 100 percent, so we just walked and trotted him around the barn a bit,” said Chapple-Hyam. “He is fine now and ready to go. He went to the training track and walked two laps around [about a mile] and then cantered about 1,000 meters. We should be all set.”

Mull of Killough, with Joseph O’Brien to ride, is pegged at 12-1 on the Arlington morning line. A 7-year-old Irish-bred gelding with 8 wins from 27 starts, he is one of the elders in the field, with only the American runner, 9-year-old Rahystrada, being older.

New York riders will arrive late

Six jockeys riding the 12-race Arlington Million card Saturday at Arlington Park will be arriving on a charter flight together from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but the flight is expected to arrive too late for those named in the first race of the day to fulfill their mounts.

The two-hour flight into nearby Palwaukee Airport is expected at about 12:30 p.m. Central, and the first race is scheduled for 12:45. The jockeys booked on the flight are Joel Rosario, Rosie Napravnik, Alan Garcia, Robby Albarado, Edgar Prado, and Alex Solis.

Several of them are named in the first, the $65,000 Straight Line Stakes, but replacement riders probably will have to be named. Rosario and Albarado also are named in the second, a $42,000 allowance set for 1:15. None is named in the third.

The first of the four major stakes, the $400,000 American St. Leger, goes at 3:52. The 12th race, in which Rosario and Napravnik are named, is set for 6:55. The flight is scheduled to return to Saratoga as soon as possible after the program.

Federal Aviation Administration regulations do not permit pilots to work more than 12 consecutive hours, which is the reason there are such tight timelines involved.

Seven European trainers make trip

In terms of actually being on hand at Arlington, Chapple-Hyam is one of seven among the European training contingent stateside.

A total of 12 Euro trainers have horses spread among the four major Saturday races. According to Duck Donald of the International Racing Bureau, the others who are already here or will be Saturday are Saeed bin Suroor, Andrew Balding, Jeremy Noseda, David Wachman, Andrew Oliver, and Alain de Royer-Dupre.

Dandino resembles 2012 St. Leger winner

Dandino, the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the St. Leger, has form that is quite similar to his Marco Botti stablemate, Jakkalberry, who won the inaugural running of the 1 11/16-mile race last year as the 8-5 favorite.

Lucie Botti, the trainer’s wife and assistant, told Arlington publicity that “they both are similar because they ship very well, they travel very well in their races, and they place themselves easily and can be midfield or come from the back – it doesn’t really matter. Both are genuine horses …but I think there’s very little difference.”

In his last race June 22 at Royal Ascot, Dandino and jockey Frankie Dettori were hindered by a loose horse running with the pack.

“He should have probably won,” said Botti. “Frankie said it was such a shame we had a loose horse in front of us when we needed to kick. He was very impressed with him and felt he had a very fresh horse underneath of him.”

Ghostly Wonder done for season

 Andy Hansen said his exciting 2-year-old prospect, Ghostly Wonder, is out of action for the rest of the year and that high-profile farms continue to show interest in the colt.

“X-rays showed he might be starting a tiny fracture in a knee, so we didn’t want to take any chances,” said Hansen. “We’re just giving him time and nothing else. He’s still with me at the barn, just walking. We’ll bring him back over the winter when he’s 100 percent again.”

Ghostly Wonder, a gray colt by Corinthian, won a June 2 maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths, earning a 77 Beyer Speed Figure. He is owned by Ted and Jean Barlas and Diana Jacobs.

Hansen said at least one major overseas breeding-racing operation continues to stay in touch with him and the owners about possibly negotiating a private purchase.

* An inevitable letdown descends on Arlington the day after the Million, and it shows on the overnight for Sunday: just one allowance, a $39,000, first-level, Polytrack sprint, is on a nine-race card that starts at 1 p.m. Central. Dress the Part, returning from a nearly eight-month layoff for Tom Proctor, looks like she’ll be favored with Eddie Castro up.