Posts in category "Arlington Million"

TRACE CREEK Skims the Rail, Upsets the 2016 Hanshin Cup

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS –  This year’s running of the Hanshin Cup had no shortage of horses with recent stakes-level form over the Arlington main.  The top two finishers from last year’s Hanshin Cup returned for this year’s running.  The 1-3 finishers in the 2014 Arlington-Washington Futurity came back for this polytrack test. Yet, when all was... Read more »

2015 Arlington Million Day Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Today’s International Festival of Racing got underway under a hot sun and a clear sky, but things turned grey by midday.  The stakes portion of the day started under the hot sun on the polytrack, when the three-year-olds came out for the Bruce D. Memorial. It started to rain during the Secretariat... Read more »

2015 Arlington Million Day: Full Card Picks and Analysis

This is an edited version of a post originally available at Danonymous Racing.  This will be updated for scratches, should any occur. Today is the flagship day of the Arlington summer meet: the Arlington International Festival of Racing.  Culminating in the Arlington Million, today’s card features six stakes races.  Four, all turf routes, are considered... Read more »

Friday: Final Preparations

Bookrunner (left, Million) and Lucky Speed (right, American St. Leger) head out together, as usual.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The Arlington International Festival of Racing is tomorrow, and most of the festival horses took one more visit to the track this morning. In addition to the horses that Picks and Ponderings has seen all week, a few more joined the fray.  The last batch of European runners made their way out... Read more »

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 »

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 »