Category: Arlington Park

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 »

Previewing the 2019 Ride to the Million: Modesty Handicap

The Modesty Handicap will be run for the 63rd time this year, and offers a purse of $100,000.  It began at Washington Park in 1942, and has been run at Arlington almost steadily since 1962, though did move to Hawthorne in 1985.  The race takes its name from Modesty — a filly who beat males... Read more »

Previewing the 2019 Ride to the Million: Arlington Handicap

The Arlington Million is coming up August 10, and time for the local prep races has drawn nigh.  Don’t adjust your clocks if it feels like the races are coming a little late: in recent years Arlington has hosted its preps five weeks out from the Million, but this year there are only four weeks between... Read more »
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Rivelli, Valdivia, Foglia, and Ravin Sweep Illinois Sprint Stakes with JEAN ELIZABETH, RICHIESINTHEHOUSE

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Trainer Larry Rivelli and jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. swept the pair of Illinois sprint stakes at Arlington on Saturday, July 6.  Jean Elizabeth, making her first start of the year, drew off to a decisive 3 3/4-length victory in the Isaac Murphy Handicap.  One race later her stablemate Richiesinthehouse, dominant at Golden... Read more »

2019 Addison Cammack Memorial Handicap and Isaac Murphy Handicap Preview

This Saturday at Arlington Park features a pair of stakes for Illinois-bred older sprinters: the Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares three and up, as well as the Addison Cammack Handicap, its open-company complement. Race 4: Isaac Murphy Handicap, Illinois-registered fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, six furlongs on the polytrack, post time 3:07pm CST... Read more »

Illinois-Bred MY MERTIE Finishes Best in the Chicago Handicap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — If an allowance race had come up at Arlington Park for My Mertie, we might be calling Hotshot Anna a repeat winner in the Chicago Handicap. Instead, My Mertie swept four wide into the lane, unleashed a furious rally past the defending champion, and upset the Chicago Handicap (G3) at odds of 33/1. “I... Read more »
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2019 Chicago Handicap Preview

This year marks the 30th running of the Chicago Handicap.  Other than its 2017 running at Churchill Downs, it has otherwise been held right at Arlington Park, going seven furlongs on the main track. Though the surfaces differ, the Chicago Handicap does cover the same trip as the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.  One... Read more »

2019 Arlington Matron Preview

The Arlington Matron, nowadays the only nine-furlong polytrack stakes for fillies and mares, will be run for the eighty-second time this year.  Several past and present local stakes namesakes have counted the Arlington Matron among their victories.  Pucker Up (1957) has a turf stakes run in her name on Arlington Million Day, Old Hat (1965) still... Read more »

Announcing: Chicago Race of the Day

There’s Grade 1 action at Santa Anita coming up on Monday, so that’s where we’ll be looking with our race previews. But, if you’re looking for racing analysis sooner and closer to home, you’re in luck!  This spring I’ve started a podcast called Chicago Race of the Day, in which I discuss one race every... Read more »
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Versatile LANIER Dominates Hanshin Cup, Becomes Trainer Santangelo's First Stakes Winner

When he claimed Lanier for $40,000 from a race at Churchill last November, trainer Brett Santangelo had one place in mind: Florence, Kentucky. “We claimed him because I was going to Turfway for the winter and he had a ton of good synthetic form over there last year.  We thought he may be able to... Read more »