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  • Mizz Money holds off Return to Grace to win the Pucker Up.

    Mizz Money Makes Grade in Pucker Up Upset

    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.

  • Force the Pass won the Belmont Derby Invitational on July 4.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Goldstream, Force the Pass Head Secretariat

    Undefeated Italian Derby winner (Ity-II) Goldstream will make his first start for Australian Bloodstock Aug. 15, when he faces Belmont Derby (gr. IT) victor Force the Pass in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).

  • Midnight Cello runs away from the competition in the Hanshin Cup Stakes.

    Midnight Cello Soars in Hanshin Cup

    Midnight Cello earned his first graded stakes score and first victory of the season in style July 18, taking the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington International Racecourse with a bold early move up the rail.

  • Mubtaahij breezing at Arlington International April 25.

    Mubtaahij in 'Missed Work' at Arlington

    The Fine Equinity system recorded Mubtaahij working four furlongs in :49.70, with a final three furlongs in :35.30. The last quarter of the work was timed in equal splits of :11.50 seconds, home in :23 flat.

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    Grade I Winner La Tia Retired

    Salvador Hernandez' homebred La Tia, winner of the 2014 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT), has been retired from racing. The 6-year-old daughter of City Place will be bred to Candy Ride.

  • Arlington Park

    Arlington Stakes Cuts Not Enough for Horsemen

    The Illinois Racing Board March 17 approved a drastically reduced stakes schedule for the summer meeting at Arlington International Racecourse, putting five graded events "on hiatus."

  • Hawthorne has asked to conduct live racing from Jan. 1 through April 27, then from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

    Hawthorne Hopes to Overcome Obstacles

    Live Thoroughbred racing returned to the Chicago area Feb. 20 as Hawthorne Race Course began its season amid frigid weather and an equally challenging financial and political landscape.

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    Work All Week Earns Male Sprint Eclipse Award

    When he won the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Work All Week became only the second Illinois-bred to capture a Breeders' Cup event. He won five of six starts in 2014 and was second once for earnings of $1,131,173.

  • Ioya Bigtime in Uruguay

    Illinois-bred son of Dynaformer, a multiple graded stakes winner who raced for Team Block, walks at Haras La Concordia in Uruguay. The 2012 Illinois Horse of the Year is at stud there.

  • Balmoral Park

    Court Decision Threatens Illinois Racing

    The Illinois Racing Board is scrambling to cope with a huge civil judgment against the state's harness tracks that probably will push them into bankruptcy and threatens to impact Thoroughbred operations.

  • Cary Street won the Las Vegas Marathon on Oct. 31.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Cary Street Leads 11 in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    A field of 11 will gather for the $250,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course Nov. 29, contesting the only graded stakes and open event of Hawthorne Race Course's fall stand.

  • Sistas Stroll and Drayden Van Dyke streak home in the Pucker Up.

    Sistas Stroll Gives Van Dyke First Graded Win

    Five Fillies Stable's Sistas Stroll gave jockey Drayden Van Dyke his first graded stakes score Sept. 13 as Tom Proctor trainees ran 1-2 in the $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington International Racecourse.

  • Hardest Core and Eriluis Vaz take the Arlington Million over Magician<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Hardest Core Makes Jump in Arlington Million

    Hardest Core, a 4-year-old Hard Spun gelding trained by Edward Graham and ridden by Eriluis Vaz, upset Arlington's biggest day at 11-1 to secure his first graded stakes score in the Arlington Million (gr. IT).

  • Adelaide was running wide, but got the victory in the Secretariat.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Favored Adelaide Strikes in Secretariat

    Belmont Derby (gr. IT) runner-up Adelaide charged down the center of the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse and edged away to a determined victory in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT).

  • The Pizza Man leads them home in the American St. Leger.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    The Pizza Man Triumphs in American St. Leger

    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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2902211206&k=btn6Wwk">Order This Photo</a>

    Magician, Real Solution Meet in Million

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's defending victor Real Solution is set for a showdown with 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Magician in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse Aug. 16.

  • Slideshow: 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

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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.

  • Introducing 'Man Behind the Million'

    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

  • Introducing 'Man Behind the Million'

    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

  • Arlington is seeking 79 live programs for 2014.

    Illinois Tracks Seeking Fewer Dates in 2015

    Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course both applied for fewer racing dates in 2015 than they were awarded this year and the tracks again are competing for simulcast revenue during dates when there is no live local racing.

  • Aurelia's Belle faces 9 in the Arlington Oaks.

    Aurelia's Belle Heads Arlington Oaks

    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.

  • Infinite Magic won the 2013 American Derby.

    Our Channel Makes Trek for American Derby

    Abdulla al Monsoori's Our Channel leads a group for the $200,000 American Derby (gr. IIIT) on "Million Preview Day" at Arlington Park, hoping to recover from a poor run in the June 7 English Derby (Eng-I).

  • La Tia runs away with the Arlington Matron.

    La Tia Impressive Arlington Matron Winner

    Salvador Hernandez's La Tia displayed her affinity for her home track May 24 in the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III), romping wire-to-wire under E.T. Baird in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack event at Arlington Park.