Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 13, 2011

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Arlington Million Day

A Chicago legend continues with the 29th running of the Arlington Million!

You’re invited to join us at Arlington Park for a grand celebration of the “Sport of Kings,” which draws horses, owners, trainers, jockeys, and fans from every corner of the world. The highlight of the racing day is the renowned Arlington Million: Illinois’s original, extravagant summertime sports party. While a horse race is at the heart of the spectacle, there are many intriguing aspects of the Arlington Million experience... history and tradition, special performances, fashionable apparel and delectable cuisine.

Come out early on Million Day for your chance to meet Hall of Fame & Legendary Jockeys during an autograph signing session at the bottom of the Grand Staircase from 10:30am until Noon.

Then join Daily Herald and handicapper Joe Kristufek and special guests for an Arlington Million Q&A Handicapping Seminar at the Starting Gate Theatre beginning at 10:45am until Noon.

Ladies, be sure to enter the Million Fashion Hat Contest for a chance to win an exclusive gift package from Arlington Park and Mario Tricoci. And don’t worry if you haven’t picked out a fashion hat to accentuate your Million Day ensemble. Milliners will be on hand in the Clubhouse to assist you in selecting the perfect hat for the Million Day festivities!

A special performance by "Million Dollar Quartet" – the hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley – will kick off opening ceremonies in the Winner’s Circle before the 5th race.

Then the excitement continues with the International Festival of Racing, featuring the renowned Arlington Million! John Henry's thrilling victory over The Bart in the inaugural Million remains one of the greatest races in the history of the North American turf. Who will be next? Try to figure it out as you watch and wager on three Grade I stakes races to be run on Arlington’s internationally acclaimed turf course – The Arlington Million, featuring a One Million Dollar purse, as well as the Beverly D. and Secretariat stakes.

It's going to be a full and exciting day of racing and merriment that you don't want to miss!

Visit to learn all about the history of the Arlington Million and this year's contenders. Plus, see past winners, check out the top stories and videos, and stay up-to-date on all the excitement of the Arlington Million!

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  • Summer Bash

    Grab your crew and enjoy the weekend at Arlington Park. Crank it up with live music from top local bands, and run wild with the excitement of live thoroughbred racing with food and beverage specials all season long!

    Today's Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash features Mike & Joe.

    Mike & Joe are one of the most watched cover bands in the Midwest playing mostly Modern Rock/Alternative, but throwing in some 80's and even a 70's tune or two. They are a straight up rock band that just kicks it, and they'll be out at Arlington this Saturday for the biggest racing event of the season!

    For the full band line up of the 2011 season, click here

    Saturday Food & Beverage Specials

    From the Million Room to Mr. D’s sports bar, guests will find Arlington Park traditions and special touches added just for the Arlington Million Race. Culinary highlights include:

    Million Mac
    : Special for the Arlington Million, Levy Restaurants will serve a lobster mac and cheese, topped with one of three cheddars Dubliner (Irish), Lincolnshire (English) and Vermont white cheddar, as an ode to the International Festival of Racing. The Million Mac is available to all guests at the chef’s specialty table in Cobey’s Food Court.

    The Millionaire:
    The Arlington Million’s Mint Julep, the Millionaire is the signature cocktail of the Arlington Million. The Millionaire is served in a commemorative glass and is made with Finlandia Red Berry Fusion vodka, cranberry and lemonade.

    Goose Island: Exclusively for the Arlington Million, local brewery Goose Island will pour two of their signature beers, Matilda and Sofie, at various locations throughout the grounds. Guests will find Matilda in the Million Room and Paddock Pub and Sofie will be available in the Terrace Café and Mr. D’s. To celebrate the Million, they will also be served in an Arlington Million commemorative beer goblet.

    Million Room:
    The most coveted ticket at Arlington Park is in the Million Room, where guests will be treated to a menu featuring a seafood station comprised of lemon poached shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, and smoked salmon with a variety of accoutrements, as well as a Cajun shrimp boil and slow smoked prime rib.

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