Cape Blanco, fourth in the 2011 Dubai World Cup (G1), one spot better than Gio Ponti, bested his foe yet again, winning the 2011 Arlington Million (G1). Under Jamie Spencer, Cape Blanco powered away at the top of the stretch and the son of Galileo took his second consecutive American Grade 1 race after landing the Man o’War (G1) at Belmont Park in July.
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Gio Ponti could only close to be second yet again under Ramon Dominguez while Jebel Hatta winner Wigmore Hall was fourth behind a troubled trip. A massive mid-meet rain storm softened the turf to yielding and may have gone against some in the field.
Earlier on the card, former French-based mare Stacelita became the third winner of the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) for owner Martin Schwartz. Now trained by Chad Brown, Stacelita was third against males in the United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth under a questionable ride. River Jetez was third in the race for Mike deKock and stayed on willingly through the stretch.