Archive for August 2018

2018 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 »

2018 Beverly D. Stakes Preview

When you have a racetrack, and want to honour your late wife, you can hardly do better than running one of the premier filly and mare turf races of the year in her name.  The Beverly D. Stakes takes its name from Beverly Duchossois, wife of Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois.  Beverly Duchossois passed away in... Read more »

2018 Arlington Million Preview

The centerpiece of the summer meet at Arlington is the Arlington Million: the world’s first million-dollar Thoroughbred race when it was inaugurated in 1981.  Its first running is commemorated with a statue overlooking the paddock at Arlington Park: a replica of the tight photo finish that went to John Henry over The Bart. A field... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 8.4.18, Race 9

Saturday’s Arlington card concludes with a maiden special weight turf mile for juveniles.  Given that we’re into August, the race is a mix of experienced horses and first-timers: six of the ten starters have raced already, including three who have already gone this two-turn turf trip. As so often happens in these juvenile races, there... Read more »

2018 Whitney Stakes Preview

The handicap division has no bigger showcase during the Saratoga meet than the Whitney.  The race takes its name from the Whitney family, scions of the New York racing circuit.  William Collins Whitney co-founded the Jockey Club, and campaigned prominent racehorses such as the 1901 Epsom Derby winner Volodyovski and 1904 Champion two-year-old filly Artful. ... Read more »

Arlington Maiden Notes: 8.2.18, Race 1

We know summer is elapsing as the two-year-old main-track maiden races get longer.  They started at four and a half furlongs, have run five, then five and a half.  Now, Thursday’s Arlington first is the track’s first six-furlong juvenile maiden race.  An open maiden special weight, the race drew a field of eight: two who... Read more »