The major news to emerge from the draw for the 24th running of the Arlington Million and its two supporting races was that Kieren Fallon has been declared on Aidan O’Brien’s Ace and Ivan Denisovich.
The Irish jockey was scheduled to arrive in Chicago today, but it was unclear last night if he would receive his licence to ride at Arlington Park.
It appears the Illinois Racing Board has to make the decision whether he will be able to ride or not, although it had been previously thought he would be unable to ride in the state following the decision of the Horseracing Regulatory Authority to ban him from riding in Britain.
Ace was drawn three in the Arlington Million, while Phoenix Reach, trained by Andrew Balding, has drawn number six.
Asked at Gowran Park, where he was on the mark with Flying Knight, Fallon was unable to shed any light on whether he would be in action at the weekend.
As to Ivan Denisovich, one of six runners in the Secretariat Stakes, Pat Keating, head lad at Ballydoyle, said: “He has travelled well and we are very happy with him.
"He will suit the track. He ran well in the St James’ Palace Stakes and showed then that he should get the extra furlong without any problem.
“He is drawn five and that shouldn’t be any problem.”
The William Haggas-trained Primary is drawn four in that race, while the 7-5 favourite Showing Up is drawn in stall number one.
A total of 11 fillies and mares will line up for the Beverly D Stakes, which has only attracted one European runner, the John Best-trained Rising Cross, who runs in the colours of Gary Tanaka.