Jockey Tony Ives called it "my biggest victory" and trainer John Watts called it his "greatest" when Teleprompter, a horse from England owned by Lord Derby, captured today's Budweiser-Arlington Million.
Teleprompter, a 14-to-1 shot, led all the way after a slow break from the gate and turned back favored Greinton's stretch challenge to win by three-quarters of a length.
Ives, who suffered a spill on Monday and was knocked unconscious at Windsor, was worried that doctors would not let him ride today.
"I was injured Monday and couldn't ride for two days," said Ives. "I had another physical Wednesday and I still wasn't right. They gave me another 36 hours and I was able to ride in two races Friday."
Ives said Teleprompter "had trouble in the gate and didn't break well but a gap opened quickly and we went into the lead. I wanted to dictate my pace and give my horse a breather."
Watts said Teleprompter, a 5-year-old gelding, would return to England to race in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in September, then return to the United States for the $2 million Breeders' Cup race in November.
Teleprompter was timed in 2:03 2/5 for the 1 1/4 miles over the turf course and earned $600,000.
Greinton, ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., made a great charge down the stretch but was unable to overtake Teleprompter. Flying Pidgeon was third and King of Clubs, also an English entry, finished fourth in the 13-horse field.
Greinton earned $200,000, Flying Pidgeon $110,000 and King Of Clubs $60,000.
The race was called "The Miracle Million" because it was held at all at Arlington Park, where the clubhouse and grandstand were destroyed by fire July 31.
The Arlington meeting was shifted to Hawthorne Park, where it will continue to be held, but Arlington's operators decided to hold the Million at its original site.
The rubble, debris and twisted steel were removed in record time. Temporary bleachers were erected, asphalt was poured, AstroTurf laid down and 40 tents were put up.
There were 442 pari-mutuel machines brought in and facilities for food and drink were set up along with portable rest rooms, all at a cost of nearly $3 million, according to Sheldon Robbins, the track's executive vice president and chief operating officer.