CHICAGO, SEPT. 1 -- El Senor is a jet-setter who could earn a trip to Paris.

"He loves to fly," owner-trainer Bill Wright said of the 6-year-old horse. "He has a frequent-flyer coupon with Tex Sutton {an equine air transportation company} because he's flown so much."

It's running, however, that would get El Senor to Paris and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Oct. 7 at Longchamps. He is one of 11 horses who will contest the 1 1/4-mile Arlington Million (ABC, 5 p.m.) Sunday, and a good performance could persuade Wright to try the Arc.

El Senor, who will start from the No. 3 post under Angel Cordero, posted his only win in five races this year in his last start -- the 1 1/2-mile Sword Dancer July 28 at Belmont Park. He finished fourth, only a length behind winner Steinlen, in the 1989 Million.

Another Million starter nominated to the Arc is Prized, but that 4-year-old colt is not expected to go to France.

There is a $1 million bonus for a horse who wins both the Million and the Arc, but most, if not all, of the horses who will contest the Arc are not here for the Million. The only non-U.S. starter Sunday will be Canadian-bred With Approval.

Four other starters, however, have campaigned in Europe. They are Steinlen, Classic Fame, Golden Pheasant and Alwuhush.

Nick Clarke, managing director of the International Racing Bureau, said he thinks the Persian Gulf crisis cost the race at least two starters. They were Ile de Nisky, owned by Prince Yazid Saud of Saudi Arabia, and Batshoof, owned by Salem Muttar of Dubai. The owners "can't spend time with their stable managers and trainers to make decisions," Clarke said.

Although the 11-horse field is the second smallest in 10 runnings of the Million at Arlington International Racecourse, it does not lack quality.

Steinlen, with career earnings of $3,120,000, can become the second horse to win the Million twice and the first to do it in consecutive years. John Henry won in 1981 and 1984.

The 5-2 early favorite, Steinlen will start from the outside post under Jose Santos.

Prized, to be ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye from Post 5, is the 7-2 second choice despite not having raced since March 25 because of knee and hoof problems. His only races on the grass have been in his last three starts, and he won them all, including the 1 1/2-mile Breeders' Cup Turf last Nov. 4.

Golden Pheasant, who won three races and finished second three times in six starts last year in England and France, has won two of four starts this year, all in California. He'll be ridden by Gary Stevens.

The other entries are Maryland-based Ten Keys, Virginia-bred Alwuhush, Pleasant Variety, Saratoga Passage and Double Booked.

In today's $500,000 Beverly D, Reluctant Guest broke a 31-year Arlington record with a brilliant stretch run.

A 15-1 shot in the 12-horse field, Reluctant Guest took the lead from Lady Winner nearing the wire for a half-length victory. She ran 1 3/16 miles on the grass in 1:51 1/5 to break by one-fifth of a second the record set by Round Table under 132 pounds in 1959. Each starter in the Beverly D carried 123 pounds.

Capades, the 2-1 favorite, finished fifth.

Lady Winner appeared to be on her way to victory when she took the lead from Royal Touch with a sixteenth of a mile remaining. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, she zoomed down the middle of the stretch to take the lead, but couldn't hold off Reluctant Guest who was farther outside.

"She was flat out," Desormeaux said of Lady Winner. "She dug in all the way home and just finished second."