Arlington Million Retrospective

A look at the history of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and Arlington International Racecourse, run by 92-year-old Richard Duchossois. Read the companion longform feature at http://www.bloodhorse.com/ArlingtonLongform

Sun rises over Arlington Park as horses train on the main track. The Illinois oval is featured in Claire Novak's longform feature "Man Behind the Million," sponsored by Ramsey Farm -- Experience at www.bloodhorse.com/ArlingtonLongform

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Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A fire destroyed the Arlington grandstand in 1985, but track chairman Richard Duchossois was determined to rebuild. In this Daily Herald photo, firemen work to put out the fire.

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Smoke engulfs Arlington Park on the morning of July 31, 1985.

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Great winners of the Arlington Million (gr. IT), including two-time winner John Henry, made it paramount that the race continue after the fire in 1985. Here, John Henry wins the Arlington Million in 1984.

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In only two months after the fire, Arlington's "tent city" was up and running in anticipation of the 1985 Arlington Million. Huge crowds came out to see what became known as the "Miracle Million."

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Teleprompter and jockey Tony Ives after winning the 1985 Arlington Million for Lord Derby and trainer Bill Watts.

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"Man Behind the Million" Richard Duchossois accepts a Special Sovereign Award for rebuilding Arlington Park after the 1985 fire.

Photo: Michael Burns

Hands-on in all aspects of the track, Mr. D samples Arlington's finest sweets in 1994.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Mr. D (left) and Arlington horsemen enjoy the monthly buffet, a perk for those working at the track.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Signs in and around Arlington let everyone know they are welcome at Mr. D's track.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

View of the training track with the Arlington facility in the background.

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Mr. D (center) with jockey Julien Leparoux and others in the paddock.

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Beautiful skies over the Arlington paddock.

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Trainer Chris Block adjusts his horse's bridle as his family looks on.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Chris Block gives a leg up to Julien Leparoux.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

From the picnic area, fans cheer on the horses as they race down the stretch.

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Mr. D makes a presentation in the winner's circle.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The next generation of racing fans enjoys a day at Arlington.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jockey Chris Emigh does an Equicizer riding demonstration for fans.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Picnic areas are one of the many perks for racing fans at Arlington.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Turf racing in the spectacular setting of Arlington Park.

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Ken & Sarah Ramsey's Real Solution (far left red cap) winning the 2013 Arlington Million.

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Winning connections including owner Ken Ramsey celebrate Real Solution's 2013 Million win as Mr. D looks on.

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Mr. D strives for everyone to "Have a great day" at his racetrack. The Illinois oval is the subject of Claire Novak's longform feature sponsored by Ramsey Farm -- Experience at www.bloodhorse.com/ArlingtonLongform

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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