Keyword: Arlington Park

  • Arlington Park

    $500K Mid-America Triple Bonus Offered

    Arlington Park announced March 5 that they will offer a $500,000 bonus to the owner(s) of any horse that can sweep the Mid-America Triple at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

  • CDI Confident in Derby Sales, Slots Plan

    Churchill Downs has seen some weakness in ticket sales for its annual Derby-Oaks weekend extravaganza, but feels there is enough interest in the events to produce another strong showing for the racetrack company.

  • Arlington's Arnold New President of TRA

    Arlington Park president Roy Arnold was elected the 34th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at its annual board of directors' meeting Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • 2009 BC Stakes Program Still in Works

    Breeders' Cup officials, who announced Dec. 11 they were suspending the Breeders' Cup stakes program and a week later decided to fund the program using money from the organization's reserve account, have yet to approve which races will receive the added money.

  • Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    Tracks Could Lose Revenue in Fed Inquiry

    A federal affidavit alleges that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich pressured horse racing leaders for campaign contributions in exchange for supporting a bill, passed this month, that requires four of the state's highest-grossing riverboat casinos to share revenue with the Thoroughbred and harness racetracks.

  • Arlington Park

    Arlington Stakes Schedule Announced

    The International Festival of Racing, featuring the 27th running of the grade I Arlington Million, tops a 2009 schedule that includes 27 stakes races worth $5,325,000 during 98 days of racing at Arlington Park from May 1 through Sept. 27.

  • Toe Grabs Banned at CDI Tracks

    Churchill Downs Inc., has implemented a new horseshoe policy at its four racetracks that bans the use of toe grabs greater than two millimeters. The new policy is effective immediately.

  • Earlie Fires

    Hall of Fame Jockey Earlie Fires Retires

    Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires retired Sept. 21 with a fifth-place finish aboard Manchu Prince in the fifth race at Arlington Park, where he is the track's all-time leading rider.

  • Jesse Campbell plans to return September 18.

    Campbell to Resume Riding Sept. 18

    Jockey Jesse Campbell, expected to miss the remainder of the Arlington Park meeting after sustaining a shoulder injury in a fall Sept. 6, plans to return to action with three mounts on the Thursday, Sept. 18 program at the Northwest Chicago track.

  • Jockey Jesse Campbell

    Rider Campbell Begins Rotator Cuff Rehab

    Arlington Park jockey Jesse Campbell, injured in a spill during the running of the Sept. 6 Honor Glide Stakes, has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and has started what will be approximately two weeks of therapy.

  • C. S. Silk romps in the Arlington-Washington Lassie.

    Closeout, C.S. Silk Star at Arlington

    Betting favorite Lucky Copy took a commanding six-length lead into the stretch, but could not find the wire in time during a desperate final sixteenth of a mile, as Closeout rallied from way back under Jamie Theriot to claim the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a half-length Sept. 6 on the Arlington Park grass.

  • Dreaming of Liz, shown winning the 2007 Arlington-Washington Lassie, will try to add the 2008 Pucker Up to her resume.

    Dreaming of Liz Headlines Pucker Up

    An overflow field of 13 sophomore fillies passed the entry box for the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 6 on the Arlington Park turf. The nine-furlong Pucker Up shares the spotlight with the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies as part of the track's "Ladies Day" program.

  • Plan Moves to Dutrow's Barn at Aqueduct

    Plan, runner-up in the Aug. 9 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park, was transferred to the Aqueduct barn of trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. after IEAH Stables acquired controlling and managing interest in the 3-year-old colt.

  • Spirit One streaks to the win in the Arlington Million.

    Spirit One Goes Wire-to-Wire in Million

    French-bred Spirit One, the least accomplished of three European invaders in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), sprinted to an early lead and never relinquished it, eventually holding off favored Archipenko in the final yards to win by three-quarters of a length Aug. 9 at Arlington Park.

  • Winchester pulls away in the Secretariat.

    Winchester Takes Down Tizdejavu

    Rene Douglas snuck a peek around each shoulder approaching the quarter-pole in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT), knowing that he had a loaded gun underneath him. The veteran jockey then let Winchester loose, and the 3-year-old son of Theatrical swallowed pacesetter Tizdejavu, eventually drawing clear for a convincing 7 1/4-length upset victory Aug. 9 at Arlington Park.

  • Tizdejavu will be after his fourth consecutive victory on the turf in the Secretariat Stakes.

    Tizdejavu Eyes Fourth Straight Turf Win

    Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth's Tizdejavu, undefeated on turf, will be after his fourth consecutive victory over the surface in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 9 at Arlington Park. Tizdejavu, trained by Gregory Fox, was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite in the 1 1/4-mile test for 3-year-olds. Nine were entered.

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    Archipenko Should Be Tough in 'Million'

    Archipenko, who has won stakes events in four different countries in the past 15 months, has been installed as the 2-1 favorite and is one of three formidable European invaders vying for top honors in the 26th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 9.

  • Archipenko works on the Arlington turf on August 5.

    Probable Favorite Works For 'Million'

    World traveler Archipenko, projected favorite in the $1-million Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 9, accomplished a pedestrian seven-furlong breeze over Arlington's turf course Aug. 5, picking up the pace to get the last quarter in :27 with regular South African jockey Kevin Shea in the irons.

  • Sky Mom Rallies For Arlington Oaks Win

    Heather Stark's Sky Mom angled wide around the final turn, caught pacesetter Dreaming of Liz at the furlong-marker and held off her stubborn rival to win the $100,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) by a length Aug. 2.

  • Sky Mom will try to earn her first graded stakes when facing seven rivals in the Arlington Oaks.

    Sky Mom Primed For Arlington Oaks

    Heather Stark's Sky Mom, runner-up to talented filly Storm Mesa in her last two starts, seems primed to earn her first graded stakes score when facing seven rivals in the $100,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) Aug. 2 on the Polytrack.

  • Jerry Bailey will be one of the hosts for "Dining with the Dynasties."

    'Dynasties' Event Planned at Arlington

    Hall of Fame jockeys Jerry Bailey, Pat Day and Earlie Fires will host "Dining with the Dynasties," a special lunch for seven other participants at Arlington Park on Aug. 8, the day before the Arlington Million (gr. IT). The luncheon, in the track's Million Room, is being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Illinois Race Track Chaplaincy of America division and the Disabled Jockeys Fund.

  • Tizdejavu cruises in the American Derby.

    Tizdejavu Wires Them Again in 'Derby'

    Tizdejavu again stamped himself as a major player in the 3-year-old turf ranks with another effortless victory, this time in the July 12 American Derby (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.

  • Stream Cat Denies Cosmonaut at Arlington

    Making his first start in more than eight months, Stream Cat split horses in the stretch and put away two-time defending event winner Cosmonaut to take the $194,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 3 3/4 lengths July 12 on the Arlington Park turf.

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    Tizdejavu Favored in American Derby

    Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth's Tizdejavu, winner of consecutive graded turf stakes at Churchill Downs, invades from his Kentucky homebase as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) July 12 at Arlington Park.

  • Cosmonaut, shown winning the 2007 Arlington Handicap, will try win the event for the third time July 12.

    Arlington 'Cap: Cosmonaut Seeks History

    Flying Zee Stable's Cosmonaut will attempt to become the first horse in the 73-year history of the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) to win the event three times, as the son of Lemon Drop Kid takes on five rivals July 12 in the $200,000 turf event, which is the final local prep for next month's Arlington Million (gr. IT).

  • Brandon Meier

    Inside Track: Like Father, Like Son

    Brandon Meier stepped into the winner's circle, his mouth bloodied and teeth fractured. His grin was ear-to-ear, reminiscent of a boxer who had just survived a 12-round unanimous decision.

  • Cloudy's Knight heads the Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park July 4.

    Old Versus Young in Stars in Stripes

    It's not surprising that S J Stables' Cloudy's Knight, a grade I winner who towers over his competitors with earnings of more than $2 million, will be the starting highweight in the July 4 Stars and Stripes Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.

  • Three-year-old Brayden Cecchi and his father are joined in the winner's circle by the jockey colony at Arlington Park June 29.

    Arlington Riders Greet Aspiring Jockey

    Brayden Cecchi, a 3-year-old who suffers from leukemia but loves horses, horse racing and jockeys, presented the trophy following the second race at Arlington Park on June 29.

  • Leah's Secret and Rene Douglas get by Tequilas Dayjur to take the Chicago Handicap.

    Leah's Secret Scores Chicago Handicap

    Just missing in the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) a month ago, WinStar Farm's Leah's Secret was not to be denied this time around.

  • Mini Sermon is one of three from Todd Pletcher's barn scheduled to contest the Chicago Handicap.

    Pletcher Sends Out Trio In Chicago 'Cap

    Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle a trio of runners, Leah's Secret, Mini Sermon, and Featherbed, for the Chicago Handicap (gr. III), going seven furlongs June 28 at Arlington Park.

  • Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

    With the racing industry being scrutinized in the area of track safety, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track maintenance professionals from around the country.

  • Indescribable Earns Arlington Matron Win

    Courtlandt Farm's homebred filly Indescribable continued to exhibit her affinity for synthetic surfaces, this time doing it on the Arlington Park Polytrack, as she wore down Leah's Secret in mid-stretch to take the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) by a half-length on Memorial Day.

  • Lattice takes the Louisville Handicap under Robby Albarado.

    Lattice Loves Louisville 'Cap Length

    In the $150,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's homebred Lattice got an extension to the 1 1/2-mile distance, a confident ride from jockey Robby Albarado, and a soft pace to run at courtesy of Transduction Gold. Those factors were all he needed to put together a winning run.

  • Tessa Blue may be favored in an evenly matched Arlington Matron.

    Arlington Matron Up For Grabs

    Eight evenly-matched older fillies and mares seek their first graded stakes victory of the season, as they face off in the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day.

  • Essex winner Spotsgone is the morning-line favorite for the Hanshin Cup.

    Spotsgone Tries to Repeat in Hanshin Cup

    This time one year ago, Robert Yagos' Spotsgone was sent off at odds of 81-1 in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III). In the 2008 edition to be held May 24 at Arlington Park, the son of Bright Launch was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Of course, the drastic change in odds may have a little something to do with Spotsgone lighting up the toteboard with a $165 mutual in last year's edition.

  • Arlington Park

    Arlington Version of 1,000 Guineas Set

    Arlington Park will offer its own version of the One Thousand Guineas for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on May 24--the $200,000 American One Thousand Guineas.

  • HRTV Adds Belmont, Arlington to Schedule

    HorseRacing TV will add two prominent racetracks to its programming schedule when Belmont and Arlington parks begin their annual spring/summer meetings this week.

  • HRTV, Comcast Reach Carriage Agreement

    HorseRacing TV has reached an agreement with Comcast Cable in the greater Chicago region for carriage of the 24-hour horseracing network beginning April 30, just in time for the Arlington Park meet.

  • Lone Star Park

    Leary to Head Lone Star Communications

    Dan Leary has been named director of communications for Lone Star Park in Texas. Leary has nearly three decades of sports public relations experience, including 14 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry at six different racetracks.

  • CDI president Robert L. Evans

    CDI: 2007 Challenges, 2008 Opportunities

    Churchill Downs Inc. is asking for patience in seeing financial rewards from what it termed an $80 million investment into the advance deposit wagering industry in 2007, and promises to act on opportunities for the company's progress in 2008.

  • CDI: Multi-Year Proposal for 'Cup

    Churchill Downs Inc. says it is sincerely interested in hosting the Breeders' Cup World Championships, so much so that it offered what it considered an "innovative" multi-year plan for regularly staging the annual event at its signature namesake track starting in 2009.

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    CDI Keeping an Eye on the Future

    Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 7.1% increase in net revenue for the third quarter of 2007, but realized a 62.9% decline in net earnings, as the company's chief executive voiced hope for the future on a variety of fronts during a Nov. 8 conference call.

  • Bit of Whimsy was the upset winner of the QEII (gr.IT) at Keeneland last month.

    Bit of Whimsy Headlines Mrs. Revere

    Bit of Whimsy, upset winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 13 at Keeneland, will carry her highest weight ever and take on a field of 13 other 3-year-old fillies, including two previously beaten competitors, in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs.

  • Dreaming of Anna

    Dreaming of Anna, 'Liz Work at Arlington

    Under the watchful eyes of owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Catalano, stable stars Dreaming of Anna and Dreaming of Liz put in maintenance works over the Polytrack surface at Arlington Park Sept. 20, four days after the suburban Chicago track ended its 2007 season.