CHICAGO, SEPT. 6 -- Manila, upset in his previous start, took charge at the top of the stretch today and won the $1 million Budweiser Arlington Million at Arlington Park.
It was the 10th victory in 11 starts for the 4-year-old Manila, all of them in graded grass stakes.
Manila was ridden by Angel Cordero, who replaced Jacinto Vasquez after Vasquez had a disagreement with trainer LeRoy Jolley. Manila ran the 1 1/4 miles on the firm course in 2:02 2/5, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Sharrood.
Theatrical was another 3 1/4 lengths back and 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Explosive Darling, a gelding owned by Richard L. Duchossois, the chairman of Arlington Park.
Completing the field were Glaros, Rivlia, Spellbound and Forlitano. Dance Of Life was scratched.
"I would have liked to have waited, but he wanted to go," Cordero said of Manila's winning move. "He tells you when he wants to go."
Manila paid $4 and earned $600,000 for Mike Shannon, increasing his career earnings to $2,692,799 in 18 starts.
Manila could go next to Paris for the famed Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Oct. 4. "We don't know, but it's not out yet," Shannon said.
Going into the race, there had been some doubt about Manila's form, since he finished second, a half-length behind Talakeno, in the 1 1/8-mile Bernard Baruch at Saratoga Aug. 16. But Jolley blamed the hot weather for Manila's defeat.
Silver Voice, a 4-year-old son of The Minstrel, led from the start and scored by a length in the $121,200 turf race for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Silver Voice ($25), ridden by Julio Pezua and assigned 110 pounds, enjoyed an eight-pound weight advantage over favored Talakeno, who rallied in the stretch to take second. Duluth was third.
Silver Voice ran the 1 1/4 miles over a firm course in 2:01 2/5.