There was an odd feel to Arlington Park's mid-week opening day June 13, but by the time the first weekend of the 2001 meet was in the books, track management felt pretty good about things.
Arlington Park, which will conduct its live racing meet from Wednesday, June 13 to Sunday, Oct. 28, announced Wednesday that it will construct three new barns in the backstretch prior to the start of this year's meet. The project, which will cost more than $3 million, will increase the number of available stalls by 164 to a maximum capacity of 2,140.
The stakes schedule for Arlington Park's 2001 meet was announced Wednesday and features many changes from the 2000 stakes calendar at the Chicago-area track, including a drastic cut in the purse for the Arlington Million (gr. IT). The Million was run for a purse of $2 million for the first time in 2000, the track's first meet since 1997, but will return to its original purse of $1 million next year.
Arlington International Racecourse asked the Illinois Racing Board to approve a June 1 start for its 109-day, 2001 racing season to put the area's premier track in a better position to bid for a future Breeders' Cup series.
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