It was with a strong, sustained bid that Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Keystoneforvictory ran down Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man in the late stages of
Victorious in last year’s edition, Wimborn Farm’s Kasaqui (ARG) will attempt to repeat the effort in the 82nd running of the Grade III
Midwest Thoroughbred’s 2015 Grade I Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man will face eight rivals as he tackles the Grade III $100,000
Phillips Racing Partnership’s Time and Motion will look to return to the winner’s circle for the first since last year’s Grade I Queen
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Gorgeous Kitten heads a field of seven sophomores looking to establish themselves in the 3-year-old turf div
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.