05/23/2012 4:20PM

Arlington Park: Silver Max tops Arlington Classic field

Justin N. Lane
Silver Max, winner of the American Turf at Churchill Downs, tops the field for the $125,000 Arlington Classic.

Both stakes races on Saturday’s program, the Grade 3, $150,000 Matron and the $125,000 Arlington Classic were drawn with appealing fields Wednedsay.

The Arlington Classic, the first leg in Arlington’s loosely linked Mid-America Triple for 3-year-old grass horses, drew 10 entrants headed by Silver Max, the Dale Romans-trained winner of the American Turf on Oaks Day at Churchill in his most recent start. Others of note in the race are Monastic, Sachem Spirit, Najjaar, and Hero of Order, who has lost twice since his monumental upset of the $1 million Louisiana Derby.

Upperline's connections toyed with running her in the Sheepshead Bay on turf at Belmont this weekend, but instead entered her in the Matron. Upperline will face six rivals in a field that also includes talented Kathmanblu and Hooh Why, who recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings.

Havelock looking out of town for next

Havelock came out of his win Saturday in the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup in good order, trainer Darrin Miller said Wednesday, and is being considered for three different upcoming stakes races. Havelock could start next in the Jaipur at Belmont Park or in one of two races at Woodbine, the King Edward and the Highlander.

The Hanshin is a one-turn mile on Polytrack, and Havelock has made the bulk of his starts in turf races at five or 5 1/2 furlongs. Miller said Havelock can be effective at 5 1/2 furlongs, but that he’d be steered away from future starts at five furlongs.

“That’s too much for him to get done,” Miller said.

The Jaipur is contested at seven furlongs, the Highlander at six furlongs, and the King Edward is run over one mile.