2013 Arlington Million Preview Picks and Ponderings

Saturday July 13 features one of the best cards of the entire Arlington Park season, Million Preview Day.  It features four G3 stakes races on the grass course that serve as local steppingstones to races like the Arlington Million and Secretariat on the Arlington International Festival of Racing program in August.

Jack and Chris

Jack Van Berg (left) and Chris Kotulak (right). Photo courtesy jackfromgrittoglory.com

Before the races, there are two great events to take part in.  Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg will be signing copies of the book "Jack, From Grit to Glory" authored by Chris Kotulak.  Kotulak and Van Berg will be at Arlington on Saturday near the Level 1 Gift Shop from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Copies of "From Grit to Glory" can be purchased (for quick autographing) in the gift shop for ($20) twenty dollars.

On the west end of the grounds (first turn for two-turn races, opposite end as the Metra station) in the Park Area, Arlington will present a Food Truck Festival. A prix fixe option exists for $25 that combines admission tickets and coupons to be used at the food trucks.  The Food Trucks will be there from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

As for the racing (you know, the horses that go round in circles), there's a 1:00 first post and twelve live races, with five stakes races.  Separate ponderings exist for each stakes, but, here's a one-stop page containing the previously released stakes previews for "Picks and Ponderings."

Race 7, G3 Stars and Stripes Stakes

Race 8, G3 Modesty Handicap

Race 9, G3 American Derby

Race 10, G3 Arlington Handicap

Race 11, Coach Jimi Lee Stakes

Be sure to check out Twitter (@heylaserbeam) for all-day on-the-scene updates at Arlington Park. Good luck!


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  • Paul,

    As usual terrific analysis. I hope you have a profitable weekend. Wish I was able to be there.

  • The momentum is building; there is lot of speculation, four major prep races for Arlington International Festival of Racing in August will happen on this day. It is going to be a day of festivities, book signing by eminent horse trainer, Food Truck Festival…I’m heading to the grounds!

  • Willrace,

    I didn't see you then (and your comment didn't appear until August). Hope to see you on Festival Day for the Million.

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