Category: Arlington Park

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 »

2019 Hanshin Cup Preview

Saturday, the stakes season at Arlington gets underway with the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup.  Now a $100,000 race for three-year-olds and up, going the one-turn mile over the Arlington polytrack, this race was originally christened in 1941 for Equipoise, a Hall of Fame racehorse whose stakes wins included a pair of top-notch local triumphs: the 1933... Read more »

Arlington Closing Day Preview

Saturday is closing day at Arlington Park!  Before racing shifts to Hawthorne — their Thoroughbred meet starts October 5 — we’re going to visit Arlington Heights one last time. Closing day features a card of ten races, with full fields thanks to everyone eager to get one last start at Arlington before polytrack racing ends for the summer,... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.13.18, Race 4

Thursday’s Arlington card features a pair of two-year-old maiden races.  We tackled the day’s third race, a maiden special weight polytrack sprint for Illinois-breds, in a separate piece.  Here, we tackle the second of the day’s pair of juvenile races. Race 4: $25,000 maiden claiming, two-year-olds, one mile on the turf, post time 2:47pm CDT Of... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.13.18, Race 3

Thursday’s Arlington card features a pair of two-year-old maiden races. and we’re tackling the maiden special weight first.  The third race of the day is a maiden special weight for Illinois-bred juveniles, sprinting on the polytrack.  The race features mostly new faces, as five of the six horses in the race are entered to make their... Read more »

Into Trouble, Big Drink of Water Capture Arlington Juvenile Stakes

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — The signs of fall are here.  The heat has broken, the humidity has broken, and Arlington has moved to its late-season, three-day weeks.  The stakes portion of the season also drew to a close today, with the meet’s only two-year-old stakes. In the Arlington-Washington Lassie, what looked like a competitive field... Read more »

2018 Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie Preview

The stakes portion of this summer’s Arlington meet draws to a close this Saturday afternoon with 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 the first two-year-old races of the summer meet that are not... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.6.18, Race 4

The fourth race on Thursday at Arlington Park is a maiden special weight for juvenile fillies, going a mile on the grass.  As with so many two-year-old maiden races this time of year, it features a mix of first-time starters and more experienced types: in the field of eight, five have run and three have... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 9.1.18, Races 4 and 7

We look at Saratoga stakes races on Saturday, but that’s not the only action going on that day.  Saturday’s card at Arlington features a pair of two-year-old maiden special weight races, both six furlongs on the polytrack. Race 4: Maiden special weight, two-year-old fillies, six furlongs on the polytrack, post time 2:36pm CST This race... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 8.24.18, Race 4

Friday’s card at Arlington features a juvenile maiden special weight at a mile on the grass.  All seven of the runners have raced at least once before, with five of the seven having tried a mile on the grass before.  Only Sayin Grace and Patch’s Lugh have not yet gone two turns; both have only... Read more »