Grade I winner The Pizza Man towers over his field in the Stars and Stripes, but only if he can regain his form of a year ago when he won the Arlington Million. He is winless in two starts this season.
She will also face multiple stakes winner You Bought Her, and several other stakes-winning or placed fillies and mares.
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.
A federal judge April 21 denied a request by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to block Arlington from signing a representation contract with the rival Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation.
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.
Churchill Downs Inc. has reported record net revenues and record adjusted earnings for 2015, and its racing-related operations contributed to the record year.
The Illinois Racing Board Aug. 27 granted Maywood Park permission to scrap the final three months of its harness season, a controversial decision with implications for the coming year's Thoroughbred dates.
Amid uncertainty about the future of Illinois racing, the state's two Chicago-area tracks July 31 submitted live racing dates requests for 2016 that fit together like puzzle pieces.
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According to trainer Ingrid Mason, Arlington Park-based two-time grade III winner Sarah Sis will be pointed to the $500,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course.
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).
Team Valor International and Gary Barber's Triple Threat, an impressive off-the-pace winner of the June 7 Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT), is being pointed toward 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.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association is at odds with Churchill Downs Inc. over the company's plans to reduce the number of races it offers at Arlington International Racecourse.
Preparing for a start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs, Mubtaahij breezed three furlongs in :36 1/5 Tuesday, April 21 at Arlington Park.
Mubtaahij has never raced on the anti-bleeding medication Lasix, and he will run without it in the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse in 10 years to do so.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky
Churchill Downs Inc. officials said Thursday, Feb. 26, they aim to build on last year's highly profitable Kentucky Derby week but acknowledged they see little opportunity for racing growth outside of that week.
Crediting its racing, casino, and online businesses, Churchill Downs Inc. enjoyed record revenues in 2014, while also finishing the year with record revenues in the fourth quarter.
Newly inaugurated Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is shaking up the Illinois Racing Board, ousting chairman William Berry and appointing three new members -- one perhaps only for transition purposes.
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
Euro Charline will have the services of Racing Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez when she pursues a second straight grade I victory Oct. 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland.
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Louisiana-based stallion Neko Bay picked up his first winner Aug. 28 when Magic Bay drew off to a seven-length victory in a maiden claiming race at Arlington Park.
Wonderful images from Arlington Park, Woodbine, Arapahoe Park, Hastings, and more! view slideshow
Evan Hammonds looks at the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes, and Alabama Stakes. watch video
Evan Hammonds looks at the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes, and Alabama Stakes.
The Pizza Man delivered some home cooking Aug. 16 when he captured the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes by a length over defending winner Dandino at Arlington International Racecourse.
- 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
Dale Romans trainee Finnegans Wake at Arlington Aug. 15, 2014.
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
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.
Magician, Adelaide, and Eye of the Storm come off the track after clearing quarantine Aug. 15.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps Arlington's major stakes races on Arlington Million day. read blog
Frank Angst and special guest Ellis Starr handicap a tricky Arlington Million field. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Arlington Million.
A mix of international runners, local heroes, and proven grade I winners will tussle in the $750,000 Beverly D. (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing card Aug. 16 outside Chicago.
Since its creation in 2012, the $400,000 American St. Leger has belonged to Darren Dance's Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and trainer Marco Botti. On Aug. 16 they return with 2013 winner Dandino.
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. view slideshow
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
Two years ago, Finnesgans Wake entered the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) off a third-place finish in the Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT), and trainer Dale Romans promised, "This horse has a big one in him."
Churchill Downs Inc. and the Jockeys' Guild announced Aug. 11 they have reached a three-year agreement on CDI's support of the Guild and its member jockeys. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson and All Inn Stable announced Aug. 8 the retirement of millionaire and multiple graded-stakes winner Willcox Inn, who will stand at Saratoga Stud.
Get a sneak peek at 'Man Behind the Million,' heading home to a tight-knit community and an unmistakable legacy on the struggling Illinois racing scene. Coming Aug. 11 at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform watch video
Get a sneak peek at 'Man Behind the Million,' heading home to a tight-knit community and an unmistakable legacy on the struggling Illinois racing scene. Coming Aug. 11 at www.BloodHorse.com/ArlingtonLongform
A lifelong equine enthusiast, Margaret Burlingham imbues her racing endeavors with compassion for the animals she adores. That care shines through, especially for gelding Saint Leon.
While trainer Wayne Catalano remains hospitalized in a suburban Chicago, his daughter Shelbi Hill reports her father is improving.
Defections of Del Mar and Keeneland back to dirt have stalled synthetic surfaces in the U.S.
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Aurelia's Belle, Interrupted, and She's Offlee Good are among a group of 10 sophomore fillies entered July 19 in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse.
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