Archive for July 2019

2019 Springfield Stakes and Sharon N. Kirby Memorial Stakes Preview

Saturday afternoon at Arlington, Illinois three-year-olds take centre stage with a pair of stakes races going the one-turn mile over the polytrack. Race 5: Springfield Stakes, Illinois-registered, three-year-olds, one mile on the polytrack, post time 3:46pm CST The Springfield Stakes debuted in 1987, returned in 1989, and then ran each year through 2014 with the exceptions of... Read more »

2019 Black Tie Affair Handicap and Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap Preview

Arlington has mostly caught its breath after Ride to the Million Day last Saturday — good news, since the stakes season continues unabated with this Saturday’s pair of state-bred turf stakes for older horses. Weather is the question for Saturday, since the races have been off the turf both Thursday and Friday after torrential rains,... Read more »

Previewing the 2019 Ride to the Million: Modesty Handicap

The Modesty Handicap will be run for the 63rd time this year, and offers a purse of $100,000.  It began at Washington Park in 1942, and has been run at Arlington almost steadily since 1962, though did move to Hawthorne in 1985.  The race takes its name from Modesty — a filly who beat males... Read more »

Previewing the 2019 Ride to the Million: Arlington Handicap

The Arlington Million is coming up August 10, and time for the local prep races has drawn nigh.  Don’t adjust your clocks if it feels like the races are coming a little late: in recent years Arlington has hosted its preps five weeks out from the Million, but this year there are only four weeks between... Read more »

Rivelli, Valdivia, Foglia, and Ravin Sweep Illinois Sprint Stakes with JEAN ELIZABETH, RICHIESINTHEHOUSE

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Trainer Larry Rivelli and jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. swept the pair of Illinois sprint stakes at Arlington on Saturday, July 6.  Jean Elizabeth, making her first start of the year, drew off to a decisive 3 3/4-length victory in the Isaac Murphy Handicap.  One race later her stablemate Richiesinthehouse, dominant at Golden... Read more »

2019 Addison Cammack Memorial Handicap and Isaac Murphy Handicap Preview

This Saturday at Arlington Park features a pair of stakes for Illinois-bred older sprinters: the Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares three and up, as well as the Addison Cammack Handicap, its open-company complement. Race 4: Isaac Murphy Handicap, Illinois-registered fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, six furlongs on the polytrack, post time 3:07pm CST... Read more »