Archive for August 2013

Willcox Inn Up In Time in the Washington Park Handicap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The history-rich Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap carried a pot of $150,000 and saw two local stars, WILLCOX INN and MISTER MARDI GRAS, do battle against four others.  The six traveled a nine-furlong lap around the Arlington polytrack on an overcast late-August afternoon. It appeared on paper that the pair would be... Read more »

2013 Washington Park Handicap Preview

Atop Arlington’s paddock is a statue to the first Arlington Million.  Yet a performance thirteen years before could be worthy of being bronzed. In August 1968 Dr. Fager stopped by Arlington Park to see the starter in the Washington Park Handicap, at the time contested at a one-turn mile.  He was in the midst of... Read more »

2013 Arlington Million Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The Arlington International Festival of Racing featured seven stakes, including the state’s only Grade One races headlined by the Arlington Million. The action took place on a mild and sunny summer afternoon, with the turf rated “firm” for the entire day. Straight Line: FORDUBAI Stalks to Stakes Triumph The Arlington Million Day... Read more »
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2013 Arlington Million Day Picks and Ponderings

Here’s a one-stop shop that contains links to all the pieces for the Arlington International Festival of Racing, better known as Million Day. A reminder that Thorofan will have extended coverage of the Arlington Million, and the contents were also submitted for Danonymous Racing. With that, the Picks and Ponderings: Race 1, Straight Line Stakes... Read more »

2013 Hatoof Stakes Preview

Winner of the 1994 Beverly D., Hatoof took a winning performance in suburban Chicago along with a runner-up showing in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf against males and used that to nail down honors as that year’s Female Turf Champion.   Hatoof also won the G1 E. P. Taylor Stakes in Canada two years prior.  Over... Read more »

2013 Straight Line Stakes Preview

The opener on the Arlington Million Day card is for three-year-olds going a mile on the polytrack for $65,000, the Straight Line Stakes.  Straight Line was a double G3 winner at Churchill (Iroquois S., Ack Ack S.) and he zigzagged through the Midwest tracks, based locally out of the Brian Williamson barn. He earned nearly... Read more »
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2013 Secretariat Stakes Preview

Secretariat served as the “hook” horse for many fans getting into racing. Whether it was his timer-shattering Triple Crown thrills or the “moving like a tremendous machine” chills, his performances drew in many fans during the Spring and Summer of ‘73. After the Triple Crown trail, he made his first start back in an invitational... Read more »

2013 American St. Leger Preview

The traditional G1 turf triple of Secretariat-Beverly D.-Arlington Million that highlights the Arlington International Festival of Racing received a new addition last year.  That addition returns again. The American St. Leger is a race modeled after the St. Leger Stakes in Great Britain. It’s a stakes designed for marathon runners, like its UK counterpart at... Read more »

2013 Arlington Million Preview

A full version of this portion of the piece is available at Thorofan’s “Handicapper’s Corner”.  The centerpiece of the Arlington International Festival of Racing is the Arlington Million, to be run for the thirty-first time on August 17th.  It has a pot of a million dollars, Grade One status, and is for three-year-olds and older.  They’ll travel... Read more »
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2013 Beverly D. Preview

When people think of Arlington Park, they think of its longtime owner, Richard L. Duchossois, known to many as “Mr. D”. Even though his role has lessened in recent years, there are still reminders. On mornings before race days, a pre-race show is aired from Mr. D’s sports bar. It’s his declaration of “Quit? Hell... Read more »