Prince is seventh in Million

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David Loder's weekend excursion to Arlington Park, Chicago, produced mixed results but no reward in the main event, last night's Arlington Million. The Newmarket trainer's representative, Prince Of Andros, could not keep up with a frenetic early pace and finished only seventh of the 10 finishers as ex-European Johann Quatz fell on the home turn.

The race went to the David Donk-trained, Eddie Maple-ridden Awad, who managed to beat the course record in the process.

On Saturday, Loder's La Confederation, was beaten under a length into fourth place behind the top American turf mare Possibly Perfect in the Grade One Beverly D Stakes, missing second place by a nose and a head in the nine-and-a-half-furlong race. She still picked up over pounds 19,000 for her efforts and her rider, Robbie Davies, reported: "She ran a fine race."

It was a different story for Loder's Port Lucaya, ridden by Chris McCarron, in the Listed Tolomeo Stakes. The Group One winner finished a disappointing eighth to Marastani.

At Saratoga, King's Theatre was another disappointment when only fifth of 13 in the Grade Three Seneca Handicap. Last year's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner, was sent off the 6-5 favourite but was beaten seven lengths.

"I don't know what is wrong with him," his jockey, Jerry Bailey, said. "He put in an excellent effort when third in the Sword Dancer Handicap last time and then goes and runs like this. It's very puzzling. In the stretch the horse who was inside of me came out, and the horse outside of me came in. But it didn't matter as my horse was finished at that point."