06/29/2010 12:00AM

Gitano Hernando injured; no Arlington Million


Gitano Hernando's plans for the Arlington Million were ended on Tuesday when his trainer, Marco Botti, announced the horse had suffered a splint injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the summer. The Newmarket-based Botti told the Racing Post he had planned to run Gitano Hernando in this Saturday's Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park as a prep for the Million, but all of that is changed now.

Owned by Team Valor, Gitano Hernando won the Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita last year and finished sixth in the Dubai World Cup behind Gloria de Campeao.

Gitano Hernando is no stranger to injury. After finishing second in the Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester last May he was shelved for four months before winning a conditions race on the Wolverhampton Polytrack as a prelude to his victory at Santa Anita.

"He is a good horse but he has his problems," Botti said.

Two European horses have been announced as intended runners in the Aug. 21 Arlington Million. They are Querari, the Andreas Wohler-trained winner of the 1 1/4-mile, Group 1 Gran Premio Presidente della Repubblica, and the Walter Swinburn-trained Stotsfold, last year's Million third who won the 1 1/4-mile, Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes in his most recent start.