Category: horse racing

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: 9.15.18, Race 7

Saturday’s card at Arlington features one juvenile maiden race, a special weight turf mile carded as the seventh race of the day. The race drew a full field of twelve, including three first-time starters. those debut runners include Rustic Rick for Brian Williamson, Le Pond for Jim DiVito, and Swifty Sam for Doug Matthews. Trainer Chris... Read more »

2018 Woodbine Mile Preview

The race we now know as the Woodbine Mile was not originally run at a mile. It was originally called the Molson Export Challenge, restricted to three-year-olds, and run at ten furlongs starting in 1988. In 1991 the race shortened up to nine furlongs, and was further shortened to a mile in 1997. That 1997... Read more »
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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 »
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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 »
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2018 Woodward Stakes Preview

We have reached Labor Day weekend: the traditional end of summer, and the closing weekend of racing action at the Spa. The Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward Stakes is the final older-horse Grade 1 of the Saratoga meet.  The race is named after William Woodward, Sr., a banker who developed Belair Stud into one of the... Read more »