Trainer Wayne Catalano, who won the first race when Arlington Park reopened after two dark years in 2000, set a meet record Oct. 25 when he won his 63rd race of the meet.
Three trainers will make their first starts in a Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship when the gates open for the Distaff (gr. I). But none of them feel the weight of the championship because they have so much of their confidence in their horses.
Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois says the horse racing industry can attract new patrons, but that it needs to change some of the ways it does business in order to remain competitive.
There are five horses from this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) set to run Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). That is the most ever, the previous high being three, most recently in 1999.
There are 91 horses competing in the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races Saturday at Arlington Park. Of them, only three will not run on Salix.
Top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien gave the media more time than usual Thursday morning at Arlington, talking for nearly 20 minutes outside the quarantine barn. O'Brien will saddle seven horses Saturday in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The fans and punters in England are all rooting for Rock of Gibralter in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), but the betting shops sure aren't. Their biggest extension, by far, is on "the Rock."
Ivanavinalot, morning-line third choice for Saturday's Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was scratched Thursday morning. Breeders' Cup officials said the daughter of West Acre, trained by Kathleen O'Connell, had developed a fever and been treated with medication.
Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia said he believes any one of three or four different horses could be favored for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 26 at Arlington Park. Battaglia made War Emblem the 3-1 favorite in the 12-horse field.
Laura de Seroux barely had time Wedneday morning to train her horses. She was busy doing interviews. De Seroux has three horses running Saturday at Arlington in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
If you assume this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be the first and last at Arlington Park, you may very well be wrong. If the Oct. 26 event meets with the satisfaction of Breeders' Cup, Arlington could become a regular host facility for the event.
Can't make it to Chicago? Many tracks around the country have special post times, handicapping seminars, and other events this Saturday.
Caeser Kimmel and Ronald Nicholson's Blazing Fury has been declared out of Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). He suffered a tendon injury after galloping at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.
It came down to the final week, but the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park is a sellout.
The weather report for Saturday at Arlington Park changed again Wednesday morning. The track is the host of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for the first time on Saturday.
The palatial grandstand wasn't all that was new when Arlington Park reopened in 1989 as Arlington International Racecourse. Horses raced over a new nine-furlong main surface and a single, one-mile turf course with movable rails that replaced the old two-course setup.
Besides the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Day races, the race for leading freshman sire of 2002 could be determined Oct. 26 at Arlington Park.
The 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has so many scenarios regarding the Horse of the Year title, it should provide several intriguing subplots as the afternoon of Oct. 26 at Arlington Park progresses.
The European challenge for the Breeders' Cup began to look a little clearer when Aidan O'Brien nominated the Mile (gr. IT) as the first preference for Rock Of Gibraltar and the Classic (gr. I) for Hawk Wing.
As soon as Arlington Park was named site of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, people began talking about the weather. Well, the 10-forecast issued today by the National Weather Service calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees in Chicago on Oct. 26.
Tom R. Durant's Most Feared, who dominated rivals in the grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 28, breezed three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 1/5 Thursday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for the Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on World Thoroughbred Championships Day.
Sure, a solid favorite has been established, but there are still many questions to be answered in the week's time before pre-entries are taken Oct. 15 for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Godolphin Racing's coupling of Sharp Impact and Anasheed headline a field of 10 2-year-olds in Saturday's grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park.
Thirteen 2-year-old fillies, many with an eye on a possible start in the grade I Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies next month, were entered for Saturday's grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie at Arlington Park.
For the sixth straight year, the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will offer Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 wagering. This year's Ultra Pick 6 will have a guaranteed minimum wagering pool of $3 million. All wagers must be in $2 denominations.
French-bred filly Little Treasure, who races for the Sidney Port Trust & San Gabriel Investments, invades Arlington Park from California and will likely be favored among 11 sophomore distaffers entered for Saturday's grade III $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the turf.
Severe drought conditions were blamed for today's cancellation of two steeplechase races scheduled for Arlington Park on Sept. 15. The races, a $50,000 stakes and a $25,000 maiden race, failed to attract sufficient entries, and were canceled by mutual agreement between the track and the National Steeplechase Association.
James Tafel's Lakenheath breezed a half-mile in :47 3/5 over the Arlington Park surface the morning of Aug. 29 in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Monday's Arlington Matron (gr. III).
TVG to air from Saratoga...Blythe Miller injured in fall...Public invited to Hall of Fame ceremony and autograph session...Ray Sibille injured...Irish Fest at Arlington.
Arlington Park has several thousand seats still available for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships despite an early sales push and good demand.
About $450,000 will be on the line June 20 in six Illinois-registered stakes that make up the third Prairie State Festival at Arlington Park. The afternoon is designed to showcase Illinois racing and the history of the state.
TCA gives $20,000 to KTOB emergency fund...Jockey Shane Laviolette a winner on Father's Day at Arlington.
A new, unfamiliar ownership duo named Jerry Givens and Jack Gullatt with a horse named Seainsky trained by Wesley Hawley are dreaming to start their son of Sea Hero in the ArlingtonClassic (gr. II) on June 29.
The deadline for ticket applications to be included in the lottery for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is Sunday, June 16.
A large group of talented turf runners are keeping the Aug. 17 Million open as an option.
Chicago sports legends and Sue the dinosaur will play key roles in events surrounding the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park.
Arlington Park plans to reschedule and enrich its stakes program this summer to provide a "Preview Weekend at the Park" before the Oct. 26 running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Coolmore Stud's John Magnier has reportedly called for Breeders' Cup Ltd. to stage its World Thoroughbred Championship Day races in Europe in alternate years.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races will make their first appearance in the nation's third-largest market -- at Arlington Park, northwest of Chicago -- on Oct. 26, 2002. After months of complex negotiations, Breeders' Cup Limited, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Churchill Downs, Inc., parent company of Arlington, announced the deal Monday.
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Monday, Dec. 3, that Arlington Park in suburban Chicago has been named the host site for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The announcement was made at a press conference in Chicago's ESPN Zone restaurant.
Arlington Park's first meet to run through October produced a new single-day record handle and a 10.4% increase in average daily total handle. The tragedies of Sept. 11 were blamed for double-digit losses in on-track handle and attendance.
Gary A. Tanaka's Humble Clerk beat Maltese Superb by a length in Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication raced up close through slow opening fractions, inherited the lead when pacesetter Lunar Bounty tired, then held on to win Saturday's $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. II) by a neck at Arlington Park.
Ohio-bred Joanies Bella upset favored Miss Indiana to win Saturday's Arlington Washington Lassie Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington Park. Under Marlon St. Julien, Joanies Bella completed the one-mile course in 1:39.34 on a fast track.
Snow Dance, the 9-10 favorite in the 12-horse field, beat Kiss the Devil by 1 3/4 lengths Saturday to win the $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park. Perret earned his third Pucker Up win Saturday and his first since 1969. He also won the 1968 renewal of the race.
According to two published reports, directors of the Breeders' Cup Ltd. have approved plans for the World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Arlington Park next year and Lone Star Park in Texas in 2005. Neither track has hosted the Breeders' Cup races and both had made presentations that were well-received by Breeders' Cup personnel.
Jockey Shane Sellers won two races at Arlington Park Saturday, including the featured Spectacular Bid Stakes, then announced he was ending his comeback bid.
Bet On Sunshine, the 7-10 favorite, beat pacesetter Tic N Tin by a nose Saturday to capture the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap for the third straight time.
Startac came from far back to nip Strut the Stage in a photo finish Saturday to win the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) by a nose at Arlington Park.
England's Legend set moderate fractions while left alone on the front end, then drew away in the stretch to win Saturday's $700,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) by 7 3/4 lengths on a yielding turf course at Arlington Park.
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