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The Illinois Racing Board has awarded Arlington International Racecourse 71 live race dates for the 2017 season.
Arlington International Racecourse will offer mandatory payouts on all pools on Saturday’s Closing Day card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full field of 14 fillies and mares were entered in the 27th running of the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. at Arlington International Racecourse as part of the International Festival of Racing on Aug. 13. The 1 3/16-miles turf event is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Topping the entries is Martin Schwartz’s Sea Calisi (FR). Trained by Chad Brown, the 4-year-old daughter of Youmzain (IRE) won a Group II in France before finishing third in a narrow loss in the Group I Darley Yorkshire Oaks last August. The filly made her North American debut in May, winning the Grade II Sheepshead Bay before another narrow defeat in the Grade II New York in June. Partnered with Florent Geroux for the first time, the pair will break from post 13. The same connections will also team up to send out Elusive Million (IRE). Lightly raced in France, the daughter of Pour Moi (IRE) will break from post 11 under rider Julio Felix as Schwartz pursues his fourth win as an owner in the Beverly D.
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 Ar
The ninth and final race on Saturday’s card at Arlington International Racecourse was cancelled due to severe weather.
Wimborne Farm’s Kasaqui (ARG) proved much the best for trainer Ignacio Correas, IV as he won the 81st running of the Grade III $125,000 Arlington Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse on July 9 and punched his ticket to the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million. The 6-year-old son of Lasting Approval sat just off the leaders through the opening six furlongs, was guided outside on the turn by jockey Robby Albarado then made the lead entering the stretch and cleared the field under mild urging to win by 1¼ lengths in a final time of 1:55.62 for the 1 3/16 miles on the turf.
L. T. B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing’s One Mean Man improved upon his second-place finish in last month’s Grade III Arlington Classic when storming from off the pace to capture Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 American Derby for 3-year-olds as part of Million Preview Day at Arlington International Racecourse.
All eyes at Arlington International Racecourse were on Flaxman Holdings’ homebred Faufiler as she won the 60th running of the Grade III $125,000 Modesty Handicap on July 9. The Graham Motion trainee sat a patient trip under Arlington’s leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. in the opening stages, was able to split foes in the stretch and then overtake the front runners in the final furlong to win by 1¼ lengths.
While longshot Chip Leader had the wire all to himself the first time past the finish in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Stars and Stripes at Arlington International Racecourse, it was Michael Hui’s Greengrassofyoming whose nose landed on the wire first when it mattered in a thrilling four-horse photo finish on Million Preview Day.