Long-shot Hardest Core tops favorite Magician in Arlington Million


Long-shot Hardest Core ran down favored Magician in the stretch to win the Arlington Million on Saturday.

Ridden by Eriluis Vaz, Hardest Core came on strong from the outside just after the turn for home. Magician had a clear lead midway in the stretch, but Hardest Core eased past to win by a length.

The 4-year-old Hardest Core ran 1 1/4 miles on the turf in 2:01.51 and paid $25, $10.40 and $6. Magician returned $4.20 and $3, and Side Glance paid $5.00 to show.

Hardest Core is trained by Edward L. Graham, and owned by Andrew Bentley Stables. It was Hardest Core’s fourth straight win, the first in graded company.

The race had seven entrants, matching the lowest total in event history.

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