Midwest Thoroughbreds' grade 1 winner The Pizza Man will make his season debut June 17 in the $50,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a pair of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park and graded stakes at six other racetracks.
Finishing seventh in last year's $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3), Crewman turned the tables in this year's event, when he won by a neck at odds of 25-1 May 13.
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week we have a quartet of graded stakes at Belmont Park and grade 3 races at Arlington International Racecourse and Santa Anita Park.
The addition of the two Arlington stakes races lifted total stakes purses to be offered during the upcoming meet to $8.84 million, an increase of $200,000 from the $8.64 million in stakes purses offered in the 2016 spring meet.
Sheldon Robbins, who one of his fellow Arlington International Racecourse owners called the linchpin in bringing together the 1985 “Miracle Million,” died Jan. 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 78.
Last seen in the U.S. finishing second to Tepin in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), Mondialiste (IRE) would not be denied Aug. 13, emerging from a multi-horse stretch battle in the Arlington Million XXXIV Stakes (gr. IT).
Sea Calisi, the even-money favorite, wins the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT). It's the fourth Beverly D. win for owner Martin Schwartz.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' homebred The Pizza Man will look to become the first horse to win the Arlington Million (gr. IT) back-to-back Aug. 13, but will have to pick up his recent form to do so.
Owner-trainer team is dangerous with turf females
Classic-placed Cherry Wine will return to grass racing Saturday, Aug. 13 as one of nine 3-year-olds entered in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill., near Chicago, has earned full accreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.
The two remaining Chicago-area tracks, for the second straight year, have submitted coordinated dates requests for the coming year to the Illinois Racing Board.
Godolphin homebred Moiety, who was a promising filly at 2 but suffered a setback, made her career debut July 8 at Arlington and delivered with a four-length win over five other 3-year-old fillies in a maiden special weight event.
The two have been most successful on turf, and if both advance to the Secretariat, they will be making their first grade I attempts on that surface.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man, in preparation for his next start July 9, worked a half-mile July 2 at Arlington International Racecourse.
The addition of blinkers and a dawdling pace may have helped, but in any event the consistent 3-year-old Red Giant colt Surgical Strike finally broke through for his first grade stakes victory May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.
The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Arlington International Racecourse April 29 signed a two-year contract that ensures Arlington's race meet will begin as scheduled May 6.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association April 18 sued Arlington, the Illinois Racing Board, and a rival horsemen's group in an effort to block recognition of the organization as the bargaining agent for the summer meet at Arlington.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said it believes it can find common ground with Arlington as it moves into contract negotiations and also work with track officials to better position Illinois racing.
Team Valor International's Euro Charline will prep in the United Arab Emirates for the $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-I) rather than in England as initially planned because of the availability of jockey Ryan Moore.
The Illinois Racing Board Jan. 26, over the objection of horsemen and breeders, advanced a request by the state's three remaining tracks for more flexibility in carding races.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows racetracks to "recapture" purse money, "threaten to crush" horse racing.
Illinois racetracks, which aren't permitted to have gaming machines, have watched about 5,100 other locations install slot machines which, according to a report, aren't subject to typical casino-style regulation.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 19% increase in net earnings for the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same three months last year, and attributed a 61% spike in net revenue for the quarter to Big Fish Games.
The Illinois Racing Board upheld the stewards' decision to disqualify Secret Gesture in the 2015 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) from first to third place and also confirmed a $1,500 fine against her rider Jamie Spencer.
Citing higher than anticipated handle on its Aug. 15 Arlington Million card and following days, Arlington International Racecourse announced it will card additional races daily and increase purses for state-bred races.
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The jockey and trainer of Secret Gesture (GB), who was disqualified from first to third in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, both expect the stewards' decision to be appealed.
A late rally into second by Watsdachances helped the daughter of Diamond Green to her first grade I victory when she was placed first in the Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Highland Reel went gate-to-wire in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, quickening away brilliantly after setting the pace to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
Mizz Money secured the first graded stakes victory of her career Aug. 15 with a narrow upset victory in the $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Arlington International Racecourse turf.
Team Valor International's Euro Charline and Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Stephanie's Kitten will hook up yet again in the $700,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Mrs. Fitriani Hay's The Corsican scratched from the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot Racecourse July 25 and will now take aim at the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 15.
Trainer William 'Buff' Bradley has decided to point multiple stakes-winning sophomore turf colt Divisidero to the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse.
Nine older horses square off in the one-mile $100,000 Hanshin Cup over Arlington's Polytrack in a wide-open affair
Last-out stakes winners The Pizza Man, Dramedy, and Xtra Luck will seek to continue their successful ways at the marathon distance of 1 1/2 miles at Arlington International Racecourse.
Haras Phillipson's homebred Gaga A impressed in her U.S. debut, so trainer Neil Drysdale has elected to run the 6-year-old T. H. Approval mare in her first graded U.S. race July 11.
Multiple stakes winner Firespike and the improving World Approval top the seven-horse field entered in the $100,000 American Derby (gr. IIIT) at Arlington International Racecourse July 11.
Steve Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, arrived at Arlington International Racecourse July 7 to prepare for the Aug. 15 Arlington Million (gr. IT).
Arlington International Racecourse has cut overnight purses by 10% and trimmed the purses of most of its few remaining graded stakes.
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.
Following a successful launch last month, an additional five tracks have joined the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Owners Concierge, boosting the initiative's participating tracks to 20.
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.
Richard Duchossois, chairman and CEO of Arlington International Racecourse, was honored by his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, Feb. 6 in Lexington, Va.
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
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.
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
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