Archive for July 2015

2015 Million Preview Day Full-Card Selections and Analysis

This is an edited version of a post originally available at Danonymous Racing.  This will be updated for scratches, should any occur. Saturday at Arlington is Million Preview Day: the first of the graded stakes on the season, and the first card to draw a throng of shippers to the northwest suburban oval.  The card... Read more »

2015 Arlington Million Preview Day Stakes Preview

Saturday July 11 features one of the best programs of the entire Arlington International season, Arlington Million Preview Day.  It features four G3 stakes races, each with a purse of $100,000 on the grass course that serve as local steppingstones to races like the Arlington Million and Secretariat on the Arlington International Festival of Racing... Read more »

2015 Stars and Stripes Stakes Preview

The Stars and Stripes Stakes will be run for the 84th time in 2015.   Currently, the race serves as the local prep for the American St. Leger Stakes (GIII).  Last year was the first year that the Stars and Stripes produced an American St. Leger winner; Illinois-bred THE PIZZA MAN swept both races last year. ... Read more »
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2015 American Derby Preview

Racetracks in Chicago have come and gone, but the American Derby has outlasted those racetracks and last year was run for the hundredth time.  For the 2015 renewal of the American Derby, the race turns back to nine furlongs in distance.  Though there are gaps in its history – whether for the outlawing of racing... Read more »

2015 Arlington Handicap Preview

Though the Grade III Arlington Handicap currently serves as the local prep for the Arlington Million, it predates the Million by a few years.  The Handicap was first run in 1929 over the Arlington main track.  It was first run on turf in 1941, though it periodically moved from the turf to the dirt and... Read more »

2015 Modesty Handicap Preview

Analysis of this race is jointly submitted for Thorofan’s “Handicapper’s Corner”. Modesty (War Dance – Ballet) won the first American Derby (a race also on today’s program for strictly three-year-olds; a race which is a feeder to the G1 Secretariat), in 1884 under the guidance of Hall of Fame rider (and Illinois-bred stakes race namesake)... Read more »
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For Gerald Aschinger's Runners, Success Is In Their Blood

“He’s got the best page on the track.” So trainer Gerald Aschinger described his breakout stable star Dramedy.  At that moment, he was not talking about any specific race; as of July 6, it remained undecided whether Dramedy would start in the Arlington Handicap (GIII) or the Stars and Stripes Stakes (GIII) on Million Preview... Read more »

All Wildwood Kantharos in the Purple Violet

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Contested on a sunny, mild Independence Day holiday program that dovetailed into post-race fireworks, the $50,000-added Purple Violet Stakes served as the first stakes of the season at Arlington International.  Restricted to three-year-old fillies bred in Illinois, the race drew eight three-year-old fillies originally.  But HOLLARFORADOLLAR scratched on the morning of the... Read more »

2015 United Nations Stakes and Salvator Mile Preview

The Sunday card at Monmouth features the Grade I United Nations Stakes, a Win And You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup turf, as well as the Grade III Salvator Mile.  However, that is just one part of a blockbuster weekend of racing around the country.  Locally, the Arlington stakes season gets underway on July... Read more »
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2015 Summit of Speed Preview

Once upon a time, when Gulfstream Park West was called Calder, the Summit of Speed was their Big Race Weekend: a sprint showcase Early last summer, the race dates squabble between Calder and Gulfstream was finally coming to a close, but too late for the Summit of Speed to be transferred to Gulfstream in its... Read more »