Archive for July 2012

Coach Jimi Lee Stakes Preview

Coach Jimi Lee earned over one million dollars in a long productive career that saw him answer the bell to many midwestern sprint races. Trained by Jim DiVito, he holds the six furlong track record at Hawthorne, which is also the fastest time ever in the Land of Lincoln. He at one point held the... Read more »

Modesty Handicap Preview

Modesty (War Dance – Ballet) won the first American Derby, in 1884 under the guidance of Hall of Fame rider (and Prairie State Festival stakes race namesake) Isaac Murphy, defeating males at the first Washington Park on Chicago’s south side. Run since the 1940s, but on turf since the 1960s, past dirt winners have included... Read more »

Arlington Sprint: Saint Leon Steals It

The $100,000 Arlington Sprint was billed as a showdown between the last two winners of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The 2010 winner, CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE was set to battle the 2011 winner, REGALLY READY. Three others–BIRDIE BEATS PAR, LONGHUNTER, and SAINT LEON, were in the gate as well. But neither of the Breeders’ Cup Turf... Read more »

Arlington Sprint Stakes Preview

Created in 1990, but shelved between 1991-95 and 1998-99; the Arlington Sprint was in the late ’90s/early ’00s a dirt sprint, almost always at six furlongs. The recently deceased Bet On Sunshine won the race three times while it was on dirt (while winning over a million dollars and just about every major Midwest sprint... Read more »