Category: Arlington Park

2019 Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie Preview

The stakes portion of this summer’s Arlington meet draws to a close Saturday afternoon with a pair of juvenile races: the Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Arlington-Washington Lassie.  The races, seven-furlong listed polytrack stakes that offer purses of $75,000, are both the only two-year-old stakes on the calendar, and are once again the first juvenile races... Read more »

Million Week 2019: Picks and Ponderings

The 2019 Arlington Million is upon us, and both at Picks and Ponderings and elsewhere, I’ve got plenty of analysis for the big day. Here at Picks and Ponderings, I’ve got full previews of all five stakes races: Arlington Million (G1) Beverly D. Stakes (G1) Secretariat Stakes (G1) Pucker Up Stakes (G3) Bruce D. Memorial... Read more »

Million Week 2019: Bruce D. Memorial Stakes Preview

The Bruce D. Memorial Stakes is the only one of Saturday’s five stakes carded for the polytrack, and the only ungraded stakes of the group.  Originally run as the Straight Line Stakes between 2012 and 2014, it was renamed in 2015 to honour R. Bruce Duchossois (1950-2014), son of Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois.  Bruce Duchossois... Read more »
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Million Week 2019: 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 »

Million Week 2019: 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 »

Million Week 2019: Beverly D. Stakes Preview

When you have a racetrack, and want to honour your late wife, you can hardly do better than running one of the premier filly and mare turf races of the year in her name.  The Beverly D. Stakes takes its name from Beverly Duchossois, wife of Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois.  Beverly Duchossois passed away in... Read more »
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Million Week 2019: Arlington Million Preview

The centerpiece of the summer meet at Arlington is the Arlington Million: the world’s first million-dollar Thoroughbred race when it was inaugurated in 1981.  Its first running is commemorated with a statue overlooking the paddock at Arlington Park: a replica of the tight photo finish that went to John Henry over The Bart. Ten horses,... Read more »

Million Week 2019: How To Bet Arlington

Million Week 2019: How To Bet Arlington
It’s that time of the year: the Arlington Million is coming up on Saturday, August 10! The Arlington Million (G1), Beverly D (G1), and Secretariat Stakes (G1) draw on Tuesday, and we’ll have analysis of those races and more through the week, but even today it’s not too early to start thinking Million! In today’s... Read more »

2019 Springfield Stakes and Sharon N. Kirby Memorial Stakes Preview

Saturday afternoon at Arlington, Illinois three-year-olds take centre stage with a pair of stakes races going the one-turn mile over the polytrack. Race 5: Springfield Stakes, Illinois-registered, three-year-olds, one mile on the polytrack, post time 3:46pm CST The Springfield Stakes debuted in 1987, returned in 1989, and then ran each year through 2014 with the exceptions of... Read more »
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2019 Black Tie Affair Handicap and Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap Preview

Arlington has mostly caught its breath after Ride to the Million Day last Saturday — good news, since the stakes season continues unabated with this Saturday’s pair of state-bred turf stakes for older horses. Weather is the question for Saturday, since the races have been off the turf both Thursday and Friday after torrential rains,... Read more »