Archive for July 2014

2014 Whitney Handicap Day Preview

There is no stakes on the docket this weekend at Arlington (but you can catch three-time Arlington Sprint winner Saint Leon in Saturday’s fourth, an upper-crust allowance). With no stakes at Arlington, the Picks and Ponderings pair are taking a figurative road trip to Saratoga Race Course.  Made famous as a filming location in “Seabiscuit”... Read more »

Sweet Luca Upsets Addison Cammack Handicap Again

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Before today, Work All Week had sprinted eleven times before.  Ten times, he got the early lead, did not look back, and crossed the wire first.  The only exception was in last year’s Addison Cammack Handicap at Arlington, when Nagy’s Piggy Bank pressed him early, and Sweet Luca flew in late to... Read more »

2014 Addison Cammack Handicap Preview

One of many horse transport services used on the backstretches of racetracks around the country is Creech Horse Transportation. Its origins are in Creech Brothers Horse Van Lines, which Addison Cammack was instrumental in starting. Cammack, a staple of the Chicago racing circuit, died in December 2011 at age 70 after a lengthy battle with... Read more »

Aurelia's Belle Shows Her Class In The Arlington Oaks

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — On a sunny July afternoon billed by Arlington Park as Guys’ Day Out, ten sophomore distaffers took the stage in the Grade III Arlington Oaks, a $150,000 race for three-year-old fillies at a mile and an eighth over the polytrack.  The only one in the field who had won a graded stakes... Read more »

2014 Arlington Oaks Preview

When a stakes race has “Oaks” in its name, it’s typically for three-year-old fillies. The Kentucky Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, and so on fall under this category.  So too does the Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Oaks, our local feature race of the week on the July 19 card.  This race for the... Read more »

Florent Geroux Gets a Stakes Triple on Arlington Million Preview Day

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — The traditional local lead-up to the Arlington International Festival of Racing is Arlington Million Preview Day.  Contested on a mid-July afternoon where Arlington dodged most of the pop-up thunderstorms, it featured four Grade Three Stakes linked together by an all-stakes pick four and each serving as an in-house steppingstone to a larger... Read more »

2014 Arlington Million Preview Day Picks & Ponderings

Saturday July 12 features one of the best programs of the entire Arlington International season, Arlington Million Preview Day.  It features four G3 stakes races on the grass course that serve as local steppingstones to races like the Arlington Million and Secretariat on the Arlington International Festival of Racing program in August. On the east... Read more »

Interview With Arlington Jockey Santo Sanjur

This article was originally published on July 10, 2014 in the Jockey Journals series on Hard work is paying off for apprentice jockey Santo Sanjur. He is not only the top apprentice jockey at Arlington Park this summer, but he’s currently fourth among all jockeys with 26 wins at the meet. He has finished... Read more »

2014 American Derby Preview

This year marks the 100th running of the American Derby.  The race has gone through many incarnations over the years, and run at several tracks: in addition to Arlington, it was run at both incarnations of Washington Park, as well as once at Hawthorne (1916).  It has been run on dirt, and it has been... Read more »

2014 Arlington Handicap Preview

A Grade 1 race in the 1980s, the Arlington Handicap has fallen to the Grade 3 level. Past winners feature the likes of Round Table (Hall of Famer), Sky Classic (who set the stakes record and won the Older Turf Male Eclipse in 1992). Recent winners like Just As Well and three-time winner RAHYSTRADA have... Read more »