Racing & Wagering

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.

Sea Calisi Tops Full Field in Beverly D.

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.

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 Ar

Arlington's Ninth Race Saturday Cancelled Due to Severe Weather

The ninth and final race on Saturday’s card at Arlington International Racecourse was cancelled due to severe weather.

Kasaqui Hits High Note in Grade III Arlington Handicap

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.

One Mean Man Takes Top Honors in Grade III American Derby

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.

Faufiler Flies Home in Grade III Modesty

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.

Greengrassofyoming Gets the Money in Grade III Stars and Stripes Thriller

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.

Faufiler Flies Home in Grade III Modesty

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.

Grade III Arlington Handicap Draws 12

The 81st running of Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Arlington Handicap drew a field of 12 for the 1 3/16-miles turf event as part of Million Preview Day at Arlington International Racecourse. The top three finishers from the Arlington Handicap earn a guaranteed spot, with entry and starting fees waived, in the Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million on Aug. 13.

The Pizza Man Seeks Hat Trick in Grade III Stars and Stripes

A field of ten passed the entry box for Saturday’s 85th running of the Grade III $100,000 Stars and Stripes as part of a nine-race Million Preview Day card at Arlington International Racecourse. The 1½-miles turf event offers the top three finishers a free roll into the Grade III American St. Leger on Arlington Million Day Aug. 13 with both entry and starting fees waived.

Oscar Nominated, One Mean Man Renew Rivalry in Grade III American Derby

The 102nd running of the Grade III $125,000 American Derby drew a field of 11 3-year-olds for the 1 1/8 miles turf event to be run at Arlington International Racecourse on July 9. The top three finishers in the race will earn an automatic entry into the Grade I $450,000 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 13 with entry and starter fees waived.

Marypop Tops Field of Eight in Grade III Modesty

The 60th running of Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Modesty Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse drew a field of eight fillies and mares to contest the 1 3/16 miles on the turf. The top three finishers will earn an automatic berth into the Grade I $700,000 Beverly D. on August 13 with entry and starting fees waived.

Sarah Sis Sharp in Grade III Chicago Handicap

Rags Racing Stable’s multiple graded-stakes winner Sarah Sis proved her affinity for Arlington International Racecourse’s main track during her juvenile season was no fluke when capturing the 27th running of the Grade III $100,000 Chicago Handicap Saturday at Arlington. The Ingrid Mason-trained daughter of Sharp Humor broke on top under rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. and led the nine-horse field through fractions of 23.55, 46.92 and 1:10.87 while receiving pressure from eventual second-place finisher Kathballu and jockey Chris Emigh.

Stormin Elle Electric in Mike Spellman Memorial; Block Earns Seventh Black Tie Affair with Cammack

Don and Joe Cochonour’s Stormin Elle was the upset winner of the $53,800 Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. Jose Valdivia, Jr., who picked up the mount on the Wayne Catalano trainee, settled the 6-year-old daughter of Stormello a length behind pacesetter Cabana through opening fractions of 24.72, 49.39, and 1:13.68, then took the lead after a mile in 1:37.19 to finish up the 1 1/16 miles in a final time of 1:43.05 on the firm turf course. Feel The Thunder et al.’s Michele Boyce trainee Lovely Loyree pressed the winner throughout but could only get within a length at the wire for second. Aimee Bohlman’s Smiling Gambler was a half-length back in third for trainer Anthony Mitchell.

Lovely Loyree Drops in Mike Spellman Memorial; Amen Kitten Heads Black Tie Affair

Feel the Thunder Stable et al.’s 5-year-old Cactus Ridge mare Lovely Loyree will have the target on her back for the first time in recent races as she headlines a field of eight Illinois-bred fillies and mares in Saturday’s $50,000 Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse. Previously known as the Lincoln Heritage Handicap, it was renamed in 2015 for Daily Herald sports writer Mike Spellman, who passed unexpectedly on Jan. 20, 2015. A regular in the press box, he covered Arlington and the Blackhawks and was immensely respected by colleagues and horsemen.

The Pizza Man Sets Sights on Arlington Million Repeat

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ The Pizza Man is set for a summer campaign that will likely include a prep at Arlington International Racecourse for his return to the Grade I Arlington Million. The 2015 Million winner made his most recent start in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on February 6 following his win in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup last November at Del Mar. After his fifth place finish at Gulfstream, the Illinois-bred was sent to his owner’s farm in Florida for some time off.

Recount Doubles Down in Addison Cammack; Puntsville Kicks Away in Isaac Murphy

The 19th running of the $53,000 Addison Cammack Stakes went to Doubledown Stables’ Recount for the second year in a row at Arlington International Racecourse. Bred by Barney and Anne Gallagher and trained by James DiVito, the graded stakes-winning son of Limehouse broke sharply under the confident handling of Carlos Montalvo, saved ground along the rail, then came head-to-head on the turn with Chris Block-trainee Sweet Luca before finding another gear and pulling away to win by two lengths over a fast-closing Shanghai Red. Sweet Luca, winner of the Addison Cammack in 2013 & 2014, was a neck back in third.