Arlington Million Attendance of 34,022 Best in More Than Two Decades
The 2012 Arlington Million/International Festival of Racing Day crowd of 34,022 not only represented a 10% increase from the 31,069 that attended the 2011 International Festival of Racing, it also was the largest Million Day crowd since the current facility opened in 1989 and the fourth highest in the 30-year history of the Arlington Million.
In addition, the all-sources commingled handle of $14,785,748 was 14% higher than the $13,017,554 wagered on the 2011 Million Day card. On track, the $2,891,660 bet was 13% higher than the $2,562,613 handled the previous year.
"The addition of the American St. Leger to an already strong program of Grade I turf races plus an outstanding undercard of races put together by our Director of Racing Chris Polzin proves that racing fans around the country and around the world will attend and wager on high quality racing," said Arlington Park General Manager Tony Petrillo. "In addition to a fantastic card, fans here were treated to new and exciting entertainment such as our Million Party Zone or Million VIP Lounge."
The 2012 International Festival of Racing card featured three Grade I turf races – the Arlington Million won by Priscilla Vaccarezza'a Little Mike; the $750,000 Beverly D. for fillies & mares won by Andrew Stone's I'm A Dreamer; and the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes for 3-year-olds captured by His Highness the Aga Khan's Studs' Bayrir – plus the inaugural edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger taken by Darren Dance's Jakkalberry.