Category: Arlington Million

Previewing the 2018 Ride to the Million: Stars and Stripes Stakes Preview

This year marks the 87th running of the Stars and Stripes Stakes.   From 2012 through last year it was the local prep for the American St. Leger on Million Day, and produced one winner of the American St. Leger during that time: Illinois-bred superstar The Pizza Man.  Though as of this year, it no longer... Read more »

Previewing the 2018 Ride to the Million: Modesty Handicap Preview

The Modesty Handicap will be run for the 62nd 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 2018 Ride to the Million: Arlington Handicap Preview

The Arlington Million is coming up August 11, meaning time for the local prep races has drawn nigh. Saturday’s ten-race card at Arlington Park features nine races on the grass, including five stakes races.  Four of the stakes races are graded: the Arlington Handicap (G3), the Modesty Handicap (G3), the American Derby (G3), and the... Read more »

With a Track Record Performance, Hotshot Anna Lives Up to Her Name in the Chicago Handicap

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS — The rail was the place to be at Arlington today.  No one told Hotshot Anna that before the Chicago Handicap — but, no one needed to. Despite pressing torrid fractions and racing two wide until the stretch drive, Hotshot Anna had more than enough to blast clear to a five and three-quarters... Read more »

Arlington Classic Winner Ezmosh at Home on the Turf

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — Ezmosh began his career on the dirt, and always showed flashes of promise over the main track.  He broke his maiden over the main track at Churchill Downs last September, finished a close second behind eventual Preakness 2nd-place finisher Bravazo earlier this year, and his connections thought enough of him to... Read more »

2017 Arlington Million Day Recap

On a clear, sunny Saturday at Arlington, two Breeders’ Cup bids were on the line.  Though the mid-seventies temperature was moderate enough to be surreal at this time of the year, the results were not: two Breeders’ Cup bids went to horses in high-flying turf trainer Chad Brown’s barn. In the Beverly D, a Win... Read more »

2017 Arlington Million Day Picks and Ponderings

The flagship day of Arlington’s racing season, the Arlington Million, is coming up on Saturday, August 12!  As always, Picks and Ponderings is here, ready to take you through Chicago’s biggest race day of the summer.  We have analysis of all six stakes races in separate posts, and they are all linked here in order of... Read more »

2017 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 »

2017 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. Last year’s winner Mondialiste did not return to contest his title, as the two-week turnaround between the York Stakes (G2) and the Arlington Million was a bit too tight.  But, one... Read more »

2017 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 »