Archive for August 2012

Washington Park Handicap Preview

Before a filly named Rachel Alexandra beat males then beat older males, a colt by Rough ‘n Tumble set the standard of sterling sophomores. As a three-year-old, he won the Gotham, Withers, Arlington Classic (when on dirt), Vosburgh, and Hawthorne Gold Cup and was named that year’s champion sprinter.  The only off-the-board finish that year... Read more »

Ballston Spa Stakes Preview

The following piece was originally published at Wireplayers as part of a four-part piece that looks at Saturday’s Travers Day card. Said card features four consecutive stakes races, all part of a $1M guaranteed pick four. The opening leg of Saratoga’s Travers Day pick four with a million-dollar guarantee is the G2 Ballston Spa Stakes.... Read more »

Arlington Million Day Stakes Recap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–For each of the major turf stakes races, check out detailed reports on each of those races at ChicagoNow. Straight Line Stakes: Francois holds on The opener of the day’s racing, the $65,000 Straight Line Stakes for three-year-olds on the polytrack, saw FRANCOIS stalk his way to victory. A cluster of runners set out... Read more »

Arlington Million: Little Mike Wins Big

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–With Europeans going 1-3-4 in a Logical Song of the American St. Leger, BAYRIR Taking the Long Way Home to score in the Secretariat, and I’M A DREAMER annexing the Beverly D. Stakes, it perhaps was fitting that Illinois’s only annual million dollar race saw a potential Crime of the Century. The Arlington Million... Read more »

Beverly D. Stakes: I'm A Dreamer Holds On

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS– Even though the final odds on the winner were a bet-down 6-1 and the win payoff was $14.60, I’M A DREAMER kept up the streak of not-so-heralded European-based runners taking kindly to the Arlington Park turf course during the Arlington International Festival of Racing and returning generous payoffs to correct bettors. On a... Read more »

Secretariat Stakes: Bayrir Holds All at Bay

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–A case could be made that the buzz race of the Arlington International Festival of Racing was the G1 Secretariat Stakes with a purse of a half-million dollars. Conversation focused on SILVER MAX, who had barnstormed his way to five consecutive stakes wins at five different venues. And in the early stages of the... Read more »

American St. Leger: Jakkalberry Strikes

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS–The unusual distance of 1 11/16 miles on the Arlington grass featured a rather usual result: a horse coming from across the Atlantic winning a distance grass race. A non-American horse who got the picture taken was JAKKALBERRY, a six year old by Storming Home. Local horse IOYA BIGTIME cut out a soft pace... Read more »

Arlington Million Day Picks & Ponderings

Here’s a one-stop shop that features all the individual race-by-race posts from Arlington Million Day. All seven of the stakes races have been picked, pondered, and ready for your reading. Thorofan is hosting the Beverly D. Stakes, while the other six are hosted by ChicagoNow. Race 1, Straight Line Stakes Race 5, Hatoof Stakes (1st... Read more »

Arlington Million Undercard Preview

With overnight stakes restored to the stakes calendar this year, an already star-studded Arlington Million Day has even more chances to deliver some stakes excitement. This post doesn’t look at the major races–the American St. Leger, Secretaraiat, Beverly D., and Arlington Million–they each have their own separate posts. This post focuses on the three listed... Read more »

Arlington Million Stakes Preview

For a Chicago horse racing fan, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Most fans are like the father pushing in the shopping cart in this back-to-school commercial: Now that the jumping for glee is done, time to get into handicapping the apex race of the day, the meet, the year.  The Arlington Million.... Read more »