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The return of the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Classic at Arlington International Racecourse drew a field of 12 three-year-olds for Saturday’s 1 1/16-miles turf event, including Surgical Strike, a homebred of Edward A. Seltzer and Beverly S. Anderson, who will break from post four with James Graham in the irons. Trained by Ben Colebrook, the colt by Red Giant finished third in the Grade II American Turf Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard earlier this month. The winner of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 12 at Turfway Park, Surgical Strike also finished third on that same all-weather track at in the nine-furlong Grade III Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes April 2.
A field of 11 fillies and mares entered Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Arlington Matron, to be run at 1 1/8-miles over the Polytrack at Arlington International Racecourse. Headlining the race will be Brooklynsway, winner of the Grade III Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland April 22. The Bernard Flint-trainee last started for owner Naveed Chowhan in the Grade I La Troienne on the Kentucky Oaks undercard, where the Ontario-bred 4-year-old filly by Giant Gizmo ran fifth. She will break from post three under E. T. Baird while looking for her fifth victory on an all-weather track.
The 64th running of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse went to Shortleaf Stable’s Trace Creek. While making his first Polytrack start, the William Van Meter trainee broke from the inside post and settled well off the pace while saving ground in the early stages of the one-turn mile event. After opening splits of 23.25, 46.09 and 1:10.82, the 6-year-old horse by Harperstown moved up to travel midpack on the turn and then found room along the rail to overtake the leaders under jockey Julio Felix, completing the one-mile trip in 1:36.25. A length further back in second was Kenneth Fishbein’s Cheryl Winebaugh-trained Francois for jockey Mitchell Murrill, who held that place position by three-quarters of a length over William Stiritz’s Scott Becker-trained Valiant City under Chris Emigh.
Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Midnight Cello, a romping 5½-length winner in last season’s renewal of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup, returns to Arlington International Racecourse for the first time since in an attempt to defend his title in the one-mile Polytrack event on Saturday, May 21. The 64th running of the Hanshin drew a field of 11 and will be run for the 22nd time as an exchange race between Arlington and the Japan Racing Association.
Wasting no time improving on a four-win day last Saturday, defending Arlington champion jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. raised the bar Friday at Arlington, winning five of the day’s eight races.
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For the first time in Arlington Million history, the race’s top three finishers will get a rematch in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. At Keeneland on Saturday, Million hero The Pizza Man will renew rivalry with runner-up Big Blue Kitten and his pacemaker, Shining Copper, who held on surprisingly well for third at Arlington.
Trainer Larry Rivelli, jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr.
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Due to the success of the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million, wagering on races on the day and wagering on races afterwards was higher than anticipated.
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Illinois-bred turf phenom The Pizza Man stamped his ticket to the Grade I $3,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf with a saucy performance in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Handicap Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse. After breaking ninth of 13 from post seven, the son of the champion English Channel – fourth in the 2006 Million – accomplished what his sire could not when settling in ninth, advancing while racing four-wide and then circling rivals, rallying determinedly to win by a neck over Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s favored Big Blue Kitten. The victory was a popular one, producing a deafening roar from the crowd and taking a slice out of history, as The Pizza Man became the first Prairie State-bred to win the state’s most prestigious race.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 15, 2015) – Highland Reel went right to the front under Seamie Heffernan and never looked back to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his fourth victory in the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse as part of the International Festival of Racing featuring the Arlington Million presented by Liftmaster.
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The Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse is a premier turf race for three-year-olds and features a distinguished list of past winners, including Adelaide (2014), who went on to