2015 Arlington Million Festival Day Preview

The high water mark of the Arlington – and Chicago – racing scene is Arlington Million Day.  Fully titled as the Arlington International Festival of Racing presented by Liftmaster, the locally based manufacturer of garage door openers has their signage and patronage firmly placed on the festival.

Before the Festival, the contenders of Arlington Million Day were present in the morning. Check out the “Arlington Million” tab for photo galleries of morning workers.

Arlington Million Day features a first post of 12:30 pm CT and an eleven race card.  There will be three guaranteed multi-race pools throughout the day: a $100,000 guarantee on the Pick 3 covering Races 8-10, a $150,000 guarantee on the Pick 4 spanning Races 7-10, and a $100,000 guarantee on the Pick 5 with Races 6-10.  All seeded wagers cover the festival races and have previews from Picks & Ponderings.

Chicago-based WGN-TV will televise the Arlington Million Festival in a one-hour live telecast airing from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm CT. Such program can be also seen through WGN’s free stream. Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) will be broadcasting live from Arlington on Million Day from 3:30pm-6:00pm CT. This broadcast will include coverage of the Secretariat (GI), the Beverly D (GI), and the Arlington Million (GI) from Arlington, as well as the Adirondack (GII) and the Fourstardave (GII) from Saratoga. Coverage can be heard on Sirius 93, as well as streaming on the HRRN website.

All races are scheduled for Saturday August 15. Selections for all races carded for the turf are “turf only”. At publish time the rail will be set to sixty-two feet (Lane 5) from zero.  Below, you’ll find links to Picks & Ponderings‘s in-depth handicapping previews.

Race 4, Bruce D. Memorial Stakes

Race 6, G3 Pucker Up Stakes

Race 7, G3 American St. Leger Stakes

Race 8, G1 Secretariat Stakes

Race 9, G1 Beverly D. Stakes

Race 10, G1 Arlington Million

Picks & Ponderings also has a grid of selections for the big day with both Paul and Nicolle looking at all six stakes.

Full-card selections for all eleven races are online as well. Selections are done by Nicolle Neulist and done in conjunction with Danonymous Racing.


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