2018 Pacific Classic Preview

Saturday will mark the 28th edition of the Pacific Classic, Del Mar’s marquee race for the handicap division. The race has always been contested at a mile and a quarter over the Del Mar main: polytrack from 2007 through 2014, and dirt otherwise.  The race offers a $1,000,000 purse, as well as a Win and... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 8.16.18, Race 6

Thursday’s sixth race at Arlington Park is a maiden special weight for two-year-old fillies, going a mile on the grass.  The race is a mix of horses who have tried a turf mile before, runners stretching out for the first time, and others who are debuting at this longer trip. As has been common in... Read more »

Looking Back: 2018 Arlington Million Day

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL –The Arlington summer meet reached its crescendo with the International Festival of Racing on Saturday.  The card was anchored by a trio of Grade 1 turf races: the Arlington Million, the Beverly D. Stakes, and the Secretariat Stakes.  Supporting that was another pair of stakes for three-year-olds, the Grade 3 Pucker Up... Read more »
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2018 Arlington Million Picks and Ponderings

After a week of early mornings and mounting excitement, the summer meet at Arlington Park reaches its crescendo this Saturday with the 36th running of the Arlington Million. Here at Picks and Ponderings, we have previews of all five stakes races Saturday at Arlington Park: Race 8: Bruce D. Memorial Stakes Race 9: Secretariat Stakes... Read more »

2018 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes Preview

The Bruce D. Memorial Stakes is the only one of Saturday’s five stakes carded for the polytrack, and the only ungraded stakes of the group.  Originally run as the Straight Line Stakes between 2012 and 2014, it was renamed in 2015 to honour R. Bruce Duchossois (1950-2014), son of Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois.  Bruce Duchossois... Read more »

2018 Pucker Up Stakes Preview

This race is named after Pucker Up, the 1957 Champion Older Female Horse.  Owned by Dan and Ada Rice (who campaigned 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair) and trained by Jimmy Conway, she went on a tear at age four.  At Arlington, she beat her own sex in the Arlington Matron.  Out at Washington Park,... Read more »

2018 Secretariat Stakes Preview

Secretariat’s Triple Crown run in 1973 ensures that he will remain top of mind as a dirt horse. Even the Arlington Invitational, his first race back after his historic Belmont Stakes, was a dirt race. However, the final two starts of Secretariat’s career happened over grass. His turf debut came in the Man o’ War... Read more »

2018 Beverly D. Stakes Preview

When you have a racetrack, and want to honour your late wife, you can hardly do better than running one of the premier filly and mare turf races of the year in her name.  The Beverly D. Stakes takes its name from Beverly Duchossois, wife of Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois.  Beverly Duchossois passed away in... Read more »

2018 Arlington Million Preview

The centerpiece of the summer meet at Arlington is the Arlington Million: the world’s first million-dollar Thoroughbred race when it was inaugurated in 1981.  Its first running is commemorated with a statue overlooking the paddock at Arlington Park: a replica of the tight photo finish that went to John Henry over The Bart. A field... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 8.4.18, Race 9

Saturday’s Arlington card concludes with a maiden special weight turf mile for juveniles.  Given that we’re into August, the race is a mix of experienced horses and first-timers: six of the ten starters have raced already, including three who have already gone this two-turn turf trip. As so often happens in these juvenile races, there... Read more »