Archive for August 2015

Calvados to Scratch from Tomorrow's American St. Leger

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — During Friday morning training, Ignacio Correas – trainer of CALVADOS – announced to Daily Racing Form and to social media he would scratch his charge from Saturday’s G3 $350,000 American St. Leger.  CALVADOS in his last start was a troubled third in the G3 Stars & Stripes on Million Preview Day a... Read more »

2015 Arlington Million Festival Day Preview

The high water mark of the Arlington – and Chicago – racing scene is Arlington Million Day.  Fully titled as the Arlington International Festival of Racing presented by Liftmaster, the locally based manufacturer of garage door openers has their signage and patronage firmly placed on the festival. Before the Festival, the contenders of Arlington Million... Read more »

2015 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 »
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2015 Beverly D. Stakes Preview

When people think of Arlington International, they think of its longtime owner, Richard L. Duchossois. He’s known to many as simply “Mr. D” or the “Chairman”. Even though his role has lessened in recent years, there are still reminders. It’s his declaration of “Quit? Hell no!” that is on the first floor, made days after... Read more »

2015 American St. Leger Stakes Preview

The newest addition to the Arlington Million day lineup is the American St. Leger Stakes.  Listed for the last three years, it will be run as a Grade III for the first time this year.  The first two editions of the American St. Leger were annexed by horses owned by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock: Jakkalberry in... Read more »

Thursday: Business As Usual, After the Draw

Closing Bell (Secretariat) looks out over the track.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The fields for the International Festival of Racing were finalized yesterday. Picks and Ponderings saw the same sets of horses who worked out Wednesday, plus a few more domestic and international horses.  Domestically, the full contingents of both Chad Brown and Bill Mott came out to run, as well as Gerald Aschinger’s... Read more »
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2015 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes Preview

The first of the six stakes on the Arlington International Festival of Racing program (presented by Liftmaster) takes a page from an established race on the program.  While the Beverly D. honors the wife of Arlington Richard Duchossois, this race honors one of his sons – Bruce.  Named in the program and overnights as the... Read more »

2015 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 »

2015 Arlington Million Preview

This piece is jointly submitted to Handicapper’s Corner at Thorofan. For one week a year, the beleaguered Illinois Racing circuit puts aside its struggles and anguishes and gets down on one of the best parties – and race days –  of the year.  That same circuit becomes the epicenter of the racing world when it’s... Read more »
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Wednesday Morning Works at Arlington

Lucky Speed (left, American St. Leger) and Bookrunner (right, Million) enter the track to train.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The draws for the Arlington International Festival of Racing were revealed midday.  However, before that, it was time again for the runners to train.  All of the Wednesday morning action was confined to Arlington’s main polytrack and its polytrack. Familiar faces returned from yesterday, with the likes of MAVERICK WAVE, BOOKRUNNER, LUCKY... Read more »