2014 Arlington Million Festival 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. The 2014 Festival will be contested on Saturday August 16th. The Arlington Million will be televised live from 5pm-6pm live on WGN-TV and WGN America nationally, as well as streamed on their website. A full list of racing and non-racing events can be found here.

Note that this Saturday, first post of the day's opening race is at a special 12:30 start time, with twelve live races on the docket.  Both Nicolle and Paul of the "Picks and Ponderings" team have broken down the races. Situated as races six through eleven on the card, the races are linked by an all stakes pick four (should the races stay on grass) with $200,000 guaranteed, compromising races seven through ten and including the richest four stakes of the day. There is also a $100,000 guaranteed pick 5 on the day's last five races (the first four being stakes, should all races carded for grass remain on the grass) and with a low fifteen percent (15%) take out.  We offer our previews below in a one-stop format.

Race 5, Hatoof Stakes (First Division).

Race 6, Straight Line Stakes.

Race 7, American St. Leger.

Race 8, Secretariat Stakes.

Race 9, Beverly D. Stakes.

Race 10, Arlington Million. (Jointly published for Thorofan.)

Race 11, Hatoof Stakes (Second Division).

Full card

In addition, both Nicolle (NN) and Paul (PM) will provide below top selections in all of the stakes races, beyond the ones they submitted longer previews for here at ChicagoNow.

Follow along with @picksponderings on twitter, with the event labeled with #million32.

Image above courtesy Arlington International.


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