Arlington International Racecourse starts a 77-day live racing season May 1 that includes stakes races on nine consecutive Saturdays throughout July and August during the Arlington International Championship Season.
The $1 million Arlington Million (gr. IT) in mid-August anchors Arlington International Racecourse's 2015 stakes schedule of 18 races worth a combined $3.5 million.
The Illinois Racing Board March 17 approved a drastically reduced stakes schedule for the summer meeting at Arlington International Racecourse, putting five graded events "on hiatus."
Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale, topped by $2.2 million mare Up, closed Jan. 15 with across-the-board declines in a year that featured no major dispersals.
The first reported foal by Treasure Beach was born Jan. 3, a filly out of the Put It Back mare The Silver Madonna bred by Niall Connolly.
Ian Tapp recaps Day 2 of the Keeneland January sale, including comments from Frank Taylor about session-topper Up, and from Katey Caddel of Solis/Litt Bloodstock regarding $800,000 War Front filly out of Up. Watch Video
Aptly named Up, a multiple group stakes-winning daughter of top international sire Galileo, lit up the bid board when she was sold for $2.2 million during the Jan. 13 second session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Kerry Cauthen of Four Star Sales talks about his Keeneland consignment that includes group winner Up. Up is by international star Galileo and is in foal to War Front. watch video
A WWII veteran and Chicago business tycoon continues to influence Arlington International Racecourse -- despite his advanced age and the political challenges faced by the Illinois racing community. read longform
Vertiformer, a multiple graded stakes-placed 7-year-old old horse, will begin his stud career in 2015 at Poplar Creek Horse Center in Ohio.
Leading the pack of Ohio breeders is Robin L. Murphy, who stands nearly a dozen stallions at her 80-acre Poplar Creek Horse Center in Bethel, Ohio.
California Chrome will not race in Japan in December and appears to be done with racing for the 2014 season, according to co-owner and co-breeder Perry Martin.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, in partnership with Gary Barber, will stand new stallion Boisterous for the 2015 breeding season at Tom and Debi Stull's farm near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Canadian champion Alpha Bettor and grade I winner Boisterous are among the favorites in the six-horse field entered in the $150,000 Durham Cup (Can-III) over 1 1/8 miles at Woodbine Oct. 4.
Hardest Core will train up to the Santa Anita race off his driving victory in the Arlington Million Aug. 16, and enter 11 weeks fresh for trainer Eddie Graham.
International traveler Wigmore Hall, a two-time grade I winner in North America, was euthanized Sept. 13 after sustaining an injury in a race at Doncaster on the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) undercard.
On Aug. 30, Wise Dan will face a solid field in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) as the 127-pound highweight while making his long-awaited return after May 16 colic surgery.
Evan Hammonds looks at the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes, and Alabama Stakes. watch video
Andrew Bentley Stable's upset Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Hardest Core came out of the Aug. 16 race in good order and is consideration for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) this fall.
Images from Arlington Million Day at Arlington Park. View Slideshow
Hardest Core, a 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding trained by Edward Graham and ridden by Eriluis Vaz, upset Arlington's biggest day at 11-1 to secure his first graded stakes score in the Arlington Million (gr. IT).
- By Claire Novak
Arlington Million contender Finnegans Wake Friday morning at Arlington Park. Watch Video
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for The Alabama and the Arlington Million read blog
View more from Chris Emigh, Chris Block, and other members of the Illinois racing community in 'Man Behind the Million,' our latest longform feature currently at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform watch video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps Arlington's major stakes races on Arlington Million day. read blog
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Afsare (GB)||CUMANI LUCA||
|Aruna||H. Graham Motion||
|Boisterous||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Cherokee Lord||Charles Livesay||
|Colombian (IRE)||John H. M. Gosden||
|Crackerjack King (IRE)||Marco Botti||
|I'm A Dreamer (IRE)||David Simcock||
|Joviality (GB)||John H. M. Gosden||
|Kapitale (GER)||Andreas Wohler||
|Little Mike||Carlo Vaccarezza||
|Marketing Mix||Thomas F. Proctor||
|Mystical Star||Christophe Clement||
|Rahystrada||Byron G. Hughes||
|Romacaca||Danny L. Miller||
|Stars to Shine||Eddie Kenneally||
|Treasure Beach (GB)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Up||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Wigmore Hall (IRE)||BELL MICHAEL||
|Willcox Inn||Michael Stidham||
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