THE 2014 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core lines up in the $400,000 Man o’ War Stakes (ATR 10.28) at Belmont tonight against last year’s winner Imagining.
Hardest Core beat Magician and Side Glance to land the Arlington Million at odds of 11/1 last August. That victory capped a five-race win streak at distances up to a mile and six furlongs. He finished his season in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, where he finished eighth after setting a rapid pace. Imagining was seventh in that race, beating Hardest Core by half a length.