Racing & Wagering

Rivelli Lands 500th Arlington Victory

Arlington International Racecourse’s four-time leading trainer Larry Rivelli hit a new milestone when Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Do Not Enter gave “Riv” his 500th w

Lovely Loyree, Oak Brook Wire State-Bred Stakes

Going one better than her effort last year, Michele Boyce trainee Lovely Loyree relished the yielding turf when winning the 40th running of the $53,299 Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse in wire-to-wire fashion under jockey Jose Valdiva, Jr. Feel The Thunder Stable, Oak Rock Racing, et al.’s 6-year-old daughter of Cactus Ridge jumped straight to the lead out of the gate and set fractions of 26.39, 52.81, and 1.18.48 while keeping clear of the rest of the field.

Babybluesbdancing, Smoke 'n' Gloat Victorious in Purple Violet, Springfield Stakes

Lizabeth Gore’s Babybluesbdancing sashayed her way to a second stakes victory with her win in the 40th running of the $53,750 Purple Violet Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse for 3-year-old Illinois-bred fillies. With Julio Felix back in the saddle, the Terrel Gore trainee broke well at the start and sat a few lengths off Royalty Farm’s Al Ali-trained Countess St Michel as the longshot frontrunner set opening fractions of 23.68, 47.01 and 1:12.51 under jockey Sebastian Saez.

Cowboy Culture Cruises in Arlington Classic

What appeared to be an evenly matched heat on paper turned into a romp when Head of Plains Partners’ and Cheyenne Stables’ Cowboy Culture drew away for a 5¾-length victory in Saturday’s 82nd running of the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Classic at Arlington International Racecourse. 

Fast and Accurate Tops Grade III Arlington Classic

The 82nd running of the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Classic drew a field of 10 colts and geldings for Saturday’s feature race going 1 1/16 miles over the turf at Arlington International Racecourse, including Grade III Spiral Stakes-winner Fast and Accurate. A winner on the grass when going 7½ furlongs in the Sage of Monticello Stakes at Gulfstream Park in February, the recent Kentucky Derby participant will be saddled by Mike Maker for Kendall Hansen et al. in his second start over turf. Channing Hill will stay aboard to guide the colt from post six.

Crewman Best in Thrilling Hanshin Cup; Trainer Dee Poulos Lands First Graded Win

Dundalk 5’s Crewman again proved his affinity for synthetic footing when returning to the Polytrack to post an upset in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup at Arlington International Racecourse, giving his trainer Dee Poulos her first graded stakes win. The Hanshin was run for the 23rd time as an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association.

Hootenanny Headlines Hanshin

Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael B. Tabor’s Grade I winner Hootenanny looms the one to beat in Saturday’s 65th running of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup at Arlington International Racecourse. At one mile on the main track, the Hanshin will be run for the 23rd time as an exchange race between Arlington and the Japan Racing Association.

Arlington Awarded 71 Live Racing Dates For 2017, Opening Day May 5

The Illinois Racing Board has awarded Arlington International Racecourse 71 live race dates for the 2017 season.

Mandatory Payout on Jackpot High Five with $249,035 Carryover on Saturday at Arlington

Arlington International Racecourse will offer mandatory payouts on all pools on Saturday’s Closing Day card.

Wellabled a Well-Backed Winner in Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity

Carolyn Wilson’s Wellabled was heavily supported at the windows and did not disappoint when wiring Saturday’s seven-furlong Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington International Racecourse.

Diadura Rolls in Arlington-Washington Lassie

The 82nd running of the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse was won by Empyrean Stables and Two Princesses Stable’s Diadura. Sent to post as the 3-2 wagering favorite in a field of 11, the daughter of Hard Spun broke smartly under rider C. H. Marquez, Jr. and settled well off the pace as they moved up the backstretch early.

Noble Beauty Gets Grade III Win in Pucker Up; Yo Carm Victorious in Bruce D. Memorial

The final race of the Arlington International Festival of Racing would prove no less dramatic than the card’s earlier events when the winner of the Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes was decided by stewards over a matter of minutes. Great Point Stables’ Noble Beauty was piloted by the day’s leading rider Florent Geroux, who settled the 3-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy near the rear of the compact field early, was 4¼ lengths off the leaders entering the stretch while moving to the outside of horses, and still was able to call on the Chad Brown trainee for a powerful run to just miss first by a nose.

Mondialiste Proves More Than a Miler in Grade I Arlington Million Score

Geoff and Sandra Turnbull’s globetrotting 6-year-old Mondialiste (IRE)proved he was more than just a miler when producing a stout rally down the outside in the stretch to post a neck win in Saturday’s Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million at Arlington International Racecourse. The Million served as a “Win and You’re In” race for the $4,000,000 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Sea Calisi Rides Wave of Victory in Grade I Beverly D.

Owner Martin Schwartz captured a record 4th win in the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. on Aug. 13 when Florent Geroux piloted Sea Calisi (FR) to a perfectly timed finish at Arlington International Racecourse, earning her a “Win and You’re In” spot in the gate of the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Beach Patrol Edges Long Island Sound in Grade I Secretariat

Separated by less than a length in last month’s Grade I Belmont Derby, Beach Patrol proved narrowly best over Long Island Sound after a long stretch battle in their rematch in Saturday’s Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds at Arlington International Racecourse.

Da Big Hoss Lives Up to His Name in Grade III American St. Leger

Skychai Racing’s Da Big Hoss lived up to his billing as the 4-5 post-time favorite, delivering a popular victory in Saturday’s Grade III $300,000 American St. Leger at Arlington International Racecourse.

Auntie Joy Tops Full Field in Pucker Up; Two Step Time Drops in Bruce D. Memorial

A full field of 3-year-old fillies was entered in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington International Raceourse, with the 1 1/8-miles turf event scheduled to close out Arlington’s 10-race card.

Tryster, World Approval Head Field of 13 in Arlington Million

A competitive international field of 13 passed the entry box for Saturday's 34th running of the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million as part of the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse. The 1¼-miles race on the turf is one of three Grade I races on Saturday's program and serves as a “Win and You’re In” race for the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, ensuring Saturday's victor a spot in the starting gate at the Breeders' Cup.

Da Big Hoss Aims to Stay the Course in American St. Leger

The 5th running of the Grade III $300,000 American St. Leger drew a field of 11 for the marathon race to kick off a $200,000 guaranteed all graded-stakes Festival Pick-4 on Aug. 13 at Arlington International Racecourse. Headlining the 1 11/16-miles turf contest will be Grade II winner Da Big Hoss. Claimed by trainer Mike Maker for owners Skychai Racing last June for $50,000, the 5-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid has since won five stakes races when stretching out beyond 1¼ miles, including three graded stakes wins. The winner of the Grade II Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland earlier this year, he is coming off a 1½-length win in the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup in June. Florent Geroux retains the mount and will break from gate five.

Budding Rivalries Blossom in Secretariat

A field of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's 40th running of the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes to be contested at 1¼ miles over the world-renowned Arlington International Racecourse turf course. One of three Grade I races on Saturday's International Festival of Racing program, the Secretariat is the first leg of a $100,000 guaranteed Festival Pick-3 that includes the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes and ends with the Grade I Arlington Million.