Sulamani seals Godolphin century in dramatic Million

SULAMANI is to go in search of further Group One glory after giving Godolphin their 100th winner at the highest level in a dramatic renewal of the Arlington Million in Chicago.

The four-year-old was awarded the race in the stewards’ room last night after finishing in second place behind the former Barry Hills-trained Storming Home.

Connections accepted that it was not the ideal way to bring up the century, but it did not detract from the achievement.

Said Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford: “Obviously having won our 100th Group One is a major achievement. It is a big team effort and many people have contributed in these last ten years. I have to say a great thank you to the staff who are involved as they insure that the wheels turn smoothly.

“We have won on three continents and in 11 countries, but we would have preferred to get to this milestone in a different manor. It is a shame that Storming Home couldn’t keep it. You can see clearly from the head on what happened.”

“It just shows how hard it is. We haven’t won a Group One since the end of June and it shows how difficult they are to win. They don’t grow on apple trees. You have to work for them.

“We are very pleased with Sulamani. He obviously has a great future but we have no immediate plans. He will stay here in the States in our stables at Belmont for the time being.

“He is still in the Arc, but we will consider all options including the Man o’War Stakes and the Turf Classic at Belmont, as well as obviously the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Gary Stevens had sent Storming Home into the lead with over a furlong left and Neil Drysdale’s runner looked to have the £375,000 first prize in safe keeping when he suddenly jinked to his right in the shadow of the post hampering Paolini and Brian Meehan’s Kaieteur.

Godolphin’s Sulamani was not affected and finished wide and fast to claim second.

Paolini and Kaieteur dead-heated for third.

Stevens was unseated from Storming Home after the finishing line. He was conscious but was stretchered off the course.

He was taken to the emergency room at Northwest Community Hospital for X-rays on his left shoulder which he said got stepped on.

The David Flores-ridden Sulamani produced a remarkable run in the straight having been forced wide off the final turn and only just failed to catch Storming Home.

Flores said: “I was told to put him in the race, save ground and make a run the last half mile. I had to go around and circle the field. He came very well at the end. He performed really well and I got beat right there.

“What happened to the other horse had nothing to do with me. I just got lucky to get put up.”

Drysdale reported Storming Home to be none the worse. He said: “The horse is fine. When he came back he wasn’t even blowing. I didn’t see the replay so I don’t really know what happened. It looked like he ducked out from something, but as for why-who’s to know?

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