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Matron & Classic - Saturday Stakes Doubleheader

The Grade III Arlington Matron and the $100,000 Arlington Classic, both longtime fixtures at Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred oval, will share top billing on Saturday.  Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm & Mike Stidham’s Upperline headlines the Arlington Matron and All In Stables’s Willcox Inn among the favorites in the Arlington Classic.

Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 25

Saturday’s Arlington Matron Features 2 Foreign Stakes Winners; Arlington’s Top Three Jockeys All Enjoy Multiple Wins Sunday; Stidham Tries for Mid-America Triple Sweep with Willcox Inn; Paddy O’ Prado Retired Following Win in Pimlico’s Grade II Dixie

Barn Notes: Sunday, May 22

Stidham Starts Off With Stakes Win; More to Come Saturday?; Jockey James Graham First to Fire Off Four-Win Day This Season

Workin for Hops Wins Hanshin Cup

Estrorace’s Workin For Hops tipped three wide approaching the top of the stretch, took command at mid-stretch and drew off to win the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup by three lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park.  The Mike Stidham-trained son of City Zip rallied under strong handling by James Graham to cover the one mile distance over Polytrack in 1:34.55.

Barn Notes: Sat., May 21

Slone Alone:  Gerard Butler Assistant Returning to Racing Roots; Willcox Inn Works as Arlington Classic Approaches May 28

Barn Notes: Friday, May 20

Barn Notes: Thurs. May 19

Trainers Dorochenko, Kirby Make Up Mutual Admiration Society; Arlington Offers $17, 563 Pick-5 Carryover Pool for Friday; Season High Win Payoff Posted Wednesday at Arlington

Workin for Hops Tops Competitive Hanshin Cup

Multiple stakes winner Workin for Hops, who races for Amy Bondon’s Estrorace LLC, heads a competitive group of nine, including defending champion Jim Tafel LLC’s Country Flavor, entered for Saturda

Barn Notes: Wed. May 18

Britain’s Butler Breezes Barrage of  Stakes Horses Mid Week; Princeville Condo Pointing for Prairie State Festival June 25;

Barn Notes: Sunday, May 15

International Jockey Arrives from India for Arlington Season;Second Arlington Million Prep at Pimlico on Preakness Day; Brad Rainwater Issued Illinois Trainer’s License

Barn Notes: Saturday, May 14

Trainer Joe Griffitt Scores 1st Career Win, Then Hits a Double; Junior, E. T. Tied Atop Arlington Jockey Standings Through Friday; Trainer Owen Rainwater Dies at 75

Barn Notes: Friday, May 13

Tajaaweed Back to Try for Another Arlington Million Run; Introducing Trainer W. T. (Tom) Howard to Arlington Fans

Barn Notes: Thurs. May 12

Hindsight Should Have Hazelton 20-20 for Hall of Fame; E. T. Rides Second Consecutive Hat Trick Wednesday

Barn Notes: Wed. May 11

Barn Notes: Sunday, May 8

  • Six British Horses Arrive at Arlington Sunday Morning; Derby Winner Animal Kingdom Made Career Debut at Arlington; Churchill Downs’ Post Derby Day Carryovers Available Thursday

Barn Notes: Sat. May 7

Helicopter Takes Off in Arlington’s First Race on Opening Day; Mid-America Triple Nominee Banned Wins Churchill’s American Turf; Dooley Delivers Despite Detached Retina Recovery-In-Progress;Petrill

Barn Notes: Friday, May 6

  • Arlington Million Preview at Churchill on Kentucky Derby Day; Apprentice Jockey Josh Molitor One to Watch at Arlington; Chicago Native Selected to Place $100,000 Kentucky Derby Wager

Barn Notes: Thursday, May 5


  • Arlington Jockey J. Z. Santana Rises to Top at Hawthorne; Arlington’s Mid-America Triple Previewed at Churchill Friday; Reminder:  Three Different Post Times on Arlington’s Opening Weekend

Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 4

Several New Outfits Stabled at Arlington for 2011