Category: Arlington Park

Looking Back at the 2018 Ride to the Million

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS — Though rain has beset so much of the summer at Arlington, the weather finally cooperated for Ride to the Million Day, a card that featured five turf races, including local preps for all three Grade 1 events that make up the International Festival of Racing on August 11.  The weather was... Read more »

Previewing the 2018 Ride to the Million: Hatoof Stakes Preview

The Hatoof Stakes began its life in 2002 as an early-fall overnight stakes race, but the next year it was moved to the month of August, serving as a local prep for the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes.  In 2015 the Pucker Up moved to Million Day — and the Hatoof was not run.  Off... Read more »

Previewing the 2018 Ride to the Million: American Derby Preview

Run for the 104th time this year, and boasting a purse of $100,000, the American Derby began at the old Washington Park, was run once at Hawthorne, resurfaced at the second Washington Park, but has been based at Arlington since 1958.  Its very first edition, run in 1884, was won by a horse who lends her... Read more »

Previewing the 2018 Ride to the Million: Stars and Stripes Stakes Preview

This year marks the 87th running of the Stars and Stripes Stakes.   From 2012 through last year it was the local prep for the American St. Leger on Million Day, and produced one winner of the American St. Leger during that time: Illinois-bred superstar The Pizza Man.  Though as of this year, it no longer... Read more »

Previewing the 2018 Ride to the Million: Modesty Handicap Preview

The Modesty Handicap will be run for the 62nd 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 2018 Ride to the Million: Arlington Handicap Preview

The Arlington Million is coming up August 11, meaning time for the local prep races has drawn nigh. Saturday’s ten-race card at Arlington Park features nine races on the grass, including five stakes races.  Four of the stakes races are graded: the Arlington Handicap (G3), the Modesty Handicap (G3), the American Derby (G3), and the... Read more »

An eventful weekend for Illinois-bred horses

Between exactas at Canterbury, the resurgence of stakes action at Fairmount Park, and individual horses turning heads, the last few days have been eventful ones in Illinois racing.  Let Picks and Ponderings make sure you’re on top of all the action, with a romp through the latest news on the Illinois-bred Thoroughbred scene. Illinois-bred exactas at... Read more »

2018 Chicago Handicap Preview

After a year’s diversion to Churchill Downs, the Chicago Handicap is back where it belongs this year: Arlington Park. This year marks the 29th running of the race.  Last year’s edition was at Churchill Downs, though it was run at Arlington for all its editions before that. Though the surfaces differ, the Chicago Handicap does... Read more »

Chief Oakie Dokie, Strollin the Bayou Sweep Stakes for Jockey Carlos Marquez

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Saturday was Jockey Appreciation Day at Arlington Park: signs with each of the riders’ names adorned the fence around the paddock, the television feed featured special interviews and features with the local riding colony, and the track hosted a 5K to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund after the races. After the pair... Read more »

2018 Springfield Stakes and Purple Violet Stakes Preview

We hope you’ve caught your breath after a whirlwind Triple Crown season, because the stakes calendar at Arlington continues this week. Saturday afternoon three-year-olds from the Land of Lincoln take the spotlight.  The card features a pair of main-track miles, the Purple Violet Stakes for fillies and the Springfield Stakes unrestricted by sex.  Both races offer... Read more »