Archive for August 2016

2016 Travers Stakes Preview

This Saturday’s card at Saratoga is the biggest of the meet, and features the meet’s cornerstone race: the Grade I Travers Stakes.  We have full analysis — both NN’s written perspective, and horse-by-horse point/counterpoint on video — of this fully loaded edition of the Travers. Colloquially dubbed the Mid-Summer Derby (though don’t tell PM that…),... Read more »

2016 Pacific Classic Day Stakes Preview

Saturday’s card at Del Mar features three graded stakes events.  Among them are two Grade I races, and two Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In races.  The Del Mar summer meet’s signature race, the Pacific Classic (GI), holds both of those designations.  Not only does the race feature a Win and You’re In berth to... Read more »

MONDIALISTE Wins the Arlington Million, but the Rest of the Day Belongs to Florent Geroux

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Florent Geroux did not repeat in the Arlington Million today. Come the wire, just a length and three quarters separated Geroux from a sweep of the Festival, as it was instead MONDIALISTE who took the meet’s signature race for rider Daniel Tudhope and trainer David O’Meara. But, that seemed like the... Read more »

2016 Arlington Million Day Preview

The high water mark of the Arlington – and Chicago – racing scene is the Arlington International Festival of Racing, more informally known as Arlington Million Day. Arlington Million Day features a first post of 12:15 pm CT and a ten race card.  There will be three guaranteed multi-race pools throughout the day: a $100,000... Read more »

2016 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes Preview

The first of the six stakes on the Arlington International Festival of Racing program  takes a page from an established race on the program.  While the Beverly D. honors the wife of Arlington Richard Duchossois, this race honors one of his sons – Bruce.  Named in the program and overnights as the Bruce D. Memorial,... Read more »

2016 Beverly D. Stakes Preview

When people think of Arlington International, they think of its longtime owner, Richard L. Duchossois. He’s known to many as simply “Mr. D” or the “Chairman”. Even though his role has lessened in recent years, there are still reminders. It’s his declaration of “Quit? Hell no!” that is on the first floor, made days after... Read more »

2016 Pucker Up Stakes Preview

This race is named after Pucker Up, the 1957 Champion Older Female Horse.  Owned by Dan and Ada Rice (who campaigned 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair) and trained by Jimmy Conway, she went on a tear at age four.  At Arlington, she beat her own sex in the Arlington Matron.  Out at Washington Park,... Read more »

2016 Secretariat Stakes Preview

Secretariat’s Triple Crown run in 1973 ensures that he will remain top of mind as a dirt horse. Even the Arlington Invitational, his first race back after his historic Belmont Stakes, was a dirt race. However, the final two starts of Secretariat’s career happened over grass. His turf debut came in the Man o’ War... Read more »

2016 American St. Leger Preview

The American St. Leger returns to the Festival calendar for the fifth time this year.  Not only is the race the newest of the Festival races, it is also the longest, at a mile and eleven sixteenths. Listed for the first three years of its existence, it gained Grade III status last year  The first... Read more »

2016 Arlington Million Preview

The climax of the Illinois racing season comes on Saturday August 13 with the thirty-fourth renewal of the Arlington Million.  Like other races of name and fame, it needs only word or two to describe it: the Million. The $1,000,000 Arlington Million became an instant classic when John Henry bested The Bart by an inch... Read more »