08/15/2012 7:33PM

Arlington Park: St. Leger a mixed bag of 12

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Jakkalberry is one of three horses who traveled from England for the American St. Leger.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - It's fair to say the field for the inaugural $400,000 American St. Leger at Arlington Park on Saturday is all over the place.

Twelve horses - some nearer to kings, others to peasants - were announced Wednesday as entrants in the long-distance turf race to be contested over 1 11/16 miles around three turns. One entrant, Suntracer, will start only if his stablemate, Stars and Stripes Handicap winner Ioya Bigtime, has to unexpectedly miss the race. Another, Vertiformer, was cross-entered in the Arlington Million and might scratch from both races if the Arlington turf course is wet.

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The St. Leger includes a millionaire, Jakkalberry, as well as a horse that last started in an $18,000 claiming race, Lemonade Kid. Three entrants - Jakkalberry, Zuider Zee, and Bridge of Gold - shipped this week from England. Lake Drop has never raced outside Europe but was purchased earlier this year by Team Valor Stables and has been training in Maryland with Graham Motion.

Jakkalberry, who finished third this past spring in the Group 1 Sheema Classic in Dubai, figures to be favored under jockey Colm O'Donoghue.

"He's been to Hong Kong and Dubai, so he's used to traveling," said assistant trainer Lucie Botti, the wife of trainer Marco Botti who will saddle Jakkalberry for Saturday's race.