05/27/2013 4:02PM

Arlington Park: More turf racing ahead for General Election

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General Election won the Arlington Classic on Saturday in his turf debut.

The 3-year-old colt General Election was, of course, raised in fields of grass and has trod over turf innumerable times during his time on Earth. But it was not until he stepped onto the Arlington grass course for the Arlington Classic on Saturday that General Election had been out on an actual turf course.

His trainer, Kellyn Gorder, using General Election’s all-weather form and his pedigree as a guide, thought his horse would like the experience, and he was right. With a rail-hugging ride from Joe Rocco Jr., General Election won his first graded stakes in his eighth start.

“That was his first couple steps on it, but I thought just the way his running style is, and with the Kingmambo mare, that he’d really like turf,” Gorder said.

General Election, the property of WinStar Farm, is by Harlan’s Holiday and out of Menekineko, the Kingmambo mare Gorder mentioned. Plans, unsurprisingly, call for more turf racing this summer, and General Election’s next start could come in one of three spots: the $200,000 Centaur Stakes on June 15 at Indiana Downs, the $500,000 Virginia Derby on July 13 at Colonial Downs, or the $200,000 American Derby on July 13 at Arlington.

“We’ll think about it this week and then make a decision,” Gorder said.

Margi Foley More than 1 year ago
I thought General Election was a great play, first-time-turf, and at a huge overlay. Harlan's Holiday is one of those stallions that Lauren Stitch talks about....labeling him as "hidden turf". He never ran on the grass himself, but he's from the Storm Cat line out of a mare by Affirmed. You put him over a Kingmambo mare, and chances are that you've got yourself a turf horse. By the way, Affirmed himself was "hidden turf". He never raced on the green stuff either, but his best runners were turf horses......The Tin Man, Flawlessly, Affluent......he is also the broodmare sire of Pleasantly Perfect, who's only GI winner is Shared Account who won the BC Filly & Mare Turf. General Election's Beyer wasn't huge...high 80's I think...but now that he's shown his proclivity for grass, I'm going to be watching what happens with him. He could improve off of this race.
Greg More than 1 year ago
Why not stay at Arlington and go for the Mid-America Triple, the Classic, Derby and Secretariat Stakes? All graded, grass stakes races for 3 year olds. WindyCityGreg