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  • Brooklynsway wins the Dobledogdare (gr. III)

    Brooklynsway Heads Arlington Matron

    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.

  • Illinois Racing: 'It's Home'

    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

  • Illinois Racing: 'It's Home'

    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.

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    Man Behind the Million

    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.

  • Midnight Hawk won the Sham Stakes on January 11.

    Midnight Hawk Brings Illinois Derby Intrigue

    Given the colt's Chicago connections, it's not surprising Bob Baffert would send Midnight Hawk to the April 19 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. As for his plans from there on out, you'll have to read between the lines.

  • Stories from Cot Campbell: Jimmy Jones

    Cot Campbell tells the tale of how father-son training team Ben and Jimmy Jones got drawn into an "agreement" with notorious gangster Al Capone.

  • Done Talking won the 2012 Illinois Derby.

    Illinois Derby Purse Increased to $750,000

    The Illinois Racing Board Jan. 29 approved an increase in the purse for this year's Illinois Derby (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course and a renewal of the $400,000 American St. Leger started last year at Arlington.

  • Hawthorne Race Course

    Hawthorne to Begin Fall Meeting Oct. 5

    Hawthorne Race Course will waste little time getting to its top races when the 62-day fall meet, highlighted by the Oct. 6 $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), begins Oct. 5.

  • Treasure Beach

    Arlington Million Runs the Globe

    The Arlington Million annually draws a star-studded cast of accomplished runners from all over the globe and this year's edition should be no different, as 11 runners were pre-entered.

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Officials Argue Over Illinois Racing Future

    The fate of Illinois racing increasingly seems to be held hostage in a tug-of-war between Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel--a showdown that involves both substance and a test of wills.

  • Gio Ponti won last year's Arlington Million, and is the 7-5 choice on the morning line in 2010.

    Gio Ponti Seeks Arlington Million Repeat

    Gio Ponti, who captured last summer's Arlington Million (gr. IT) as the favorite, looms as an even stronger 7-5 choice on the morning line when facing nine rivals in the 28th running of the Aug. 21 race.

  • Arlington Park

    Arlington Incentives for Festival Races

    Arlington Park is offering a free pass to its biggest races for the winners of key European events - the latest in a long series of efforts to bolster the "international" part of the "International Festival of Racing."

  • Hawthorne Anticipates Solid Racing for Fall Meet

    Chicago-area Thoroughbred racing action shifts Sept 15 to Hawthorne Race Course, where officials are encouraged by the number of stall applications--2,400 for 2,050 spots. Last fall, Hawthorne averaged more than nine horses per race.

  • Motion Sizes Up Arlington Festival Races

    Trainer H. Graham Motion has a contender in two of the three big races at Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing, so he's in a good spot to assess the relative quality of Saturday's fields.

  • Turf Writer Joe Agrella Dead

    Joe Agrella, a retired correspondent for <i>The Blood-Horse</i> and Turf writer for the Chicago <i>Sun-Times</i>, died March 11 at his home in Elmwood Park, west of Chicago.

  • Hawthorne To See Purse Increase

    Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago announced an across-the-board purse increase for its meeting that will run Sept. 23 through Dec. 31.

  • My Trusty Cat Seeks Repeat Win in Chicago BC

    Carl Pollard's grade I winner My Trusty Cat will return to defend her title in Saturday's $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park. Trained by David Vance, My Trusty Cat won last year's seven-furlong event by 1 <h120z4.0k-25b-2.625>3<h100z8.0k-8b0>/<h120z4.0k0b-0.225>4<h100z8.0b0>lengths over Our Josefina.

  • 94-Day Arlington Park Meet Begins Friday

    Thoroughbred racing returns to Arlington Park for its 78th season on Friday at 3 p.m. for the first of 94 days of racing that will continue at the northwestern Chicago oval through Sept. 18.

  • Gwaihir Tops Hawthorne Derby

    A group of 10 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT), one of the season's last major stakes races restricted to sophomores. Al and Saundra Kirkwood's European import Gwaihir is the highweighted entry at 117 pounds.

  • Ballingarry Returns for Arlington Handicap

    Ballingarry, well known at Arlington Park because of his two wins in the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) there, will start as the highweight in Saturday's Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Shipper Toasted Heads Arlington Classic Field

    Sid Port's Toasted, who ships in from California, figures to be the slight choice Saturday in the $200,000 Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at suburban Chicago's Arlington Park.

  • Weather, Full Fields Boost Hawthorne Opener

    Unseasonably warm temperatures in the Chicago area and field sizes that averaged more than nine horses per race helped boost the numbers during the opening weekend of the National Jockey Club meet at Hawthorne Racecourse.

  • Penn National Submits Bid for Casino

    Penn National Gaming has submitted a bid to finance and construct a casino in the Chicago area. Penn National was one of seven companies interested in buying the bankrupt Emerald Casino and one of three companies that expressed interest in building a casino in Rosemont, Ill. Financial details of the bid were not disclosed.

  • Richard L. &quot;Dick&quot; Duchossois, to receive Eclipse Award of Merit.

    Duchossois Receives Eclipse Award of Merit

    Richard L. "Dick" Duchossois, who brought Arlington Park back from the ashes, and then saw the track become a part of Churchill Downs Inc., has been selected to receive an Eclipse Award of Merit.

  • Arlington Park&#39;s Richard Duchossois calls for change.

    Duchossois: 'We Have to Change Some of Our Ways'

    Arlington Park chairman Richard Duchossois says the horse racing industry can attract new patrons, but that it needs to change some of the ways it does business in order to remain competitive.

  • Perfect Drift: The Forgotten Derby Horse

    There are five horses from this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) set to run Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). That is the most ever, the previous high being three, most recently in 1999.