Friday, August 17, 2012

August 17, 2012

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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.

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

New on Million Day is the Million Party Zone, and Million VIP Lounge -- exclusive experiences with all-inclusive food and drink packages. Check out the details and get your tickets today!

More Events

  • Million VIP Lounge

    Experience the 30th running of the Arlington Million in style in the Million VIP Lounge in the International Room!

    Saturday, August 18th is Arlington’s biggest party of the year! The annual celebration of the Arlington Million is a day long party. New on Million Day is the Million VIP Lounge — an exclusive and an all-inclusive club experience. DJ Summer Altice — a high energy DJ who heats up nights at the Playboy Mansion, and performed at some of the top nightclubs in the world — and a premium club atmosphere will amp up your experience as you sip, dine, dance, and win all day long.

    Your ticket includes admission, entry into the Million VIP Lounge, 4 ½ Hour Premium Open Bar, Hors d’oeuvres & Light Buffet, a Red Carpet Entrance, Floor to Ceiling Window View of the Races, Private Mutuel Tellers, Outdoor Viewing Area, Silent Auction, and Admission to Exclusive After-Party.

    Individual tickets and VIP Table Reservation Packages are available for the Million VIP Lounge. Check out the details here and get your tickets today!

  • Million Party Zone

    Hang out in the Million Party Zone on Arlington's Biggest Party of the Year!

    New on Million Day is the Million Party Zone, an exclusive experience with an all-inclusive food and drink package. It’s all about beer, food, and fun in the exclusive Million Party Zone, so check out the details and get your tickets today!

  • Dining with the Dynasty

    Jockeys that have been involved in some of the biggest moments in the history of thoroughbred horse racing will be together in one room, and this is your chance to join them.

    This is a ticketed charity event that brings Legendary Jockeys from all over the country to raise funds to benefit two national organizations dedicated to serving the athletes and workers that support the sport: The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America - Illinois.

    Private Dining event for 5 tables - $600 per table for 6 people. Lunch will be offered during the program. Contact Nancy LaSala for tickets at

    Friday, August 17

    Private Lunch in the Turf Club: 12pm – 1pm
    Mingling: 1pm – 1:30pm   

    Free Public Event:
    (No ticket required for this portion of the event.)
    Meet legendary jockeys at the Starting Gate Theater: 1:45pm – 2:45pm

  • Saturday Summer Bash


    Today’s Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash features the amazing sounds of Prom Band performing on the main band stage from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. And don’t forget Mr. D’s Sports Bar stays open after the races so stop in and keep the party going!

    Can’t make it today? Check out the electrifying Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash line-up for the 2012 season.

  • Jockey Challenge Race

    Five Retired Jockeys to Return to Fave Arlington Top 5 in Pari-Mutuel Race

    Once again in 2012 as part of the festivities leading up to the Arlington Million, five retired jockey greats will return to the saddle for one race and square off against five of the top riders in the Arlington Park standings in the "Arlington Fab 5" vs. "Legends" turf race complete with pari-mutuel wagering to be held on Friday, August 17.

    Slated to take a one-day break from retirement are Hall-of-Fame jockey Earlie Fires; Patti Cooksey, who has been participating in similar Legends races the last few seasons; former Arlington Park Rising Star and now HRTV Broadcaster Zoe Cadman, former Eclipse Award winning rider Frank Lovato Jr.; and Midwestern mainstay Larry Melancon.


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