Racing & Wagering

Arlington Racing Club

Have you always thought about getting into thoroughbred ownership but weren't sure about the first step to take?  Arlington Racing Club is the perfect way to get your boots wet before you purchase a horse on your own!  Experience the thrill of thoroughbred racing and become part of the Arlington Racing Club.

Due to the Club’s popularity in 2016, two clubs will be created for 2017. As an added bonus, our goal is to have the club horses race throughout the year at tracks across the country before and after the Arlington meet (May-September).

About Arlington Racing Club
  • $500 One Time Membership Fee
  • No Additional Expenses, No Hidden Costs
  • Receive regular updates about the program and the horse
  • Club 1 horse purchased and trained by Wayne Catalano
  • Club 2 horse purchased and trained by Larry Rivelli
  • All decisions made by trainer and Arlington on behalf of the Arlington Racing Club
Arlington Racing Club Perks
  • Free Admission and Parking for Arlington’s 2017 Season
  • Guest Passes for Friends and Family on Race Day
  • Barn Area Tours, Private Viewing Area, and Club Events
  • Thrill of victory! (We hope!)
Arlington Racing Club FAQs

Q:How many memberships will be sold for both Clubs?
A: 350 memberships will be sold for Club 1 and 2 (175 memberships per Club) on a first come, first served basis. Starting in 2017, memberships will be sold on a year-round basis. Although Arlington does not anticipate experiencing this matter, paid membership fees will be refunded if one or both Clubs do not fill.

Q: What is my $500 for?
A: Up to 175 memberships in each Club will be sold at $500 each and the funds raised from selling memberships will be used to pay the purchase price for the horse(s), as well as for training fees and other expenses. This also entitles you to your Arlington season pass.

Q: How much money will I be able to make off of my membership though this Club?
A: The Club is organized as a not-for-profit educational association, and you are not joining the Club with any profit motive or expectation of profit. Understand that you may not receive back any of your $500 membership fee and agree the maximum you may receive is $500. Any amount above the initial investment, if any, will be contributed to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). 

Q: What do I have to do once I become a member of the Arlington Racing Club?
A: Once you purchase your membership by clicking "Buy Now" below, all you have to do is sit back, relax and have fun! Arlington Racing Club will keep you up to date with all of the happenings of the Arlington Racing Club horse(s), so you can be part of the horse's journey.

Q: Once I become part of the Club, how will I receive information about the horse(s) and Club news?
A: You will receive communications from Arlington through e-mail and social media. Arlington will receive information regarding the training, health, performance, etc. of the horse(s) from the trainer.

Q: What type of admission and parking is included with my membership?
A: The member will receive free General Admission and parking in Lot C (the horsemen’s lot near the Clubhouse entrance) throughout the season (May-September 2017). The member will also receive four guest passes on days the Club’s horse races at Arlington. The member will also have options to purchase upgraded accommodations with discounts on food and beverage on race day.

Q: Will I be able to see the Club’s horse on days the horse races at Arlington?
A: Yes, a special VIP Paddock Zone has been created for the 2017 season where Arlington Racing Club members will be able to see and take photos of the Club’s horse prior to the race. In order to ensure the highest level of safety for all Club members and the horses, the VIP Paddock Zone will be situated just outside of the Paddock railing.

Q: What Club Events will be held?
A: Special Arlington Racing Club social events will be held at Arlington International Racecourse each month throughout the racing season (May-September 2017). Members will be notified about all event details closer to the event dates.

Q: Who will train the Arlington Racing Club horse(s)?
A: Wayne Catalano, the trainer for Club 1, has almost 2,700 wins and earnings of almost $61 million, has Breeders’ Cup victories to his credit and is a former leading trainer at Arlington. Larry Rivelli, the trainer for Club 2, has almost 1,100 wins and earnings of almost $19 million including several Breeders’ Cup starters and was the leading trainer at Arlington in 2015 and 2016.

Q: When will the horse(s) race?
A: The trainers have already begun their search, and the horse(s) will be purchased as early as January 2017. The Club will initially purchase one horse with the intention to race at tracks across the country and then at Arlington International Racecourse during the season (May-September 2017).

Q: What do the racing silks look like?
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Q: Who will make decisions about the horse and manage communication and funds?
A: The horse(s) trainer will make all decisions about the horse(s) and Arlington International Racecourse will represent the Club's interest as the Club Manager of the horse(s). 

Q: What happens at the end of the 2017 Arlington season?
A: If there are enough funds remaining in the Club account when the Arlington meet ends and if, in the expert opinion of the trainer, the horse(s) are healthy and fit to continue racing, they will race at other tracks. If the funds in the account fall below $3,500, the Club could be dissolved at that time. If it becomes prudent to cease operations at an earlier date, the horse will be sold and any monies remaining in the account after all financial obligations are met will be returned to the members pro rata up to $500 per member (without interest).  If there are any funds remaining after all
membership fees have been returned, the remaining funds will be contributed to
the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Q: Who can I contact for more information about the
Arlington Racing Club?

A: E-mail racingclub@arlingtonpark.com for immediate assistance.

Membership Agreement

I WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ARLINGTON RACING CLUB (THE “CLUB”). I UNDERSTAND, REPRESENT AND AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

1.  Purpose.
I understand that the purpose of the Club is to provide an educational experience
of Thoroughbred horse ownership through participation in a not-for-profit association that owns, trains and races Thoroughbred racehorses.

2.  Club Activities.
I understand (a) the Club will initially own one racehorse with plans to race at tracks across the country and then at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, IL.  (b) 350 memberships in the Club will be sold at $500 each and the funds raised from selling memberships will be used to pay the purchase price for the horse(s), as well as for training fees and other expenses; (c) membership fees will be deposited into a horsemen’s account and expenses will be paid from this account; (d) the trainer is Wayne Catalano and that Arlington International Racecourse will represent the Club’s interest as the Club manager of the horse(s); (e) I will receive communications through
social media and emails about the horse’s activities; (f) the Club may, upon the trainer’s recommendation, purchase additional horses; (g) the club will operate until the account balance drops below $3,500 or less including any liability for outstanding unpaid expenses (unless it becomes prudent to cease operations at an earlier date at the discretion of Arlington Racing Club officers and the trainer) and if the horse is sold, any monies remaining in the account after all financial obligations are met will be returned to the members pro rata up to $500 per member (without interest); and (h) All day to day
decisions will rest with the trainer and Club’s officers. 

3.  No pecuniary profit.
I understand that the Club is organized as a not-for-profit educational association, and I am not joining the Club with any profit motive or expectation of profit. I understand that I may not receive back any of my $500 membership fee and agree the maximum I may receive after the horse is no longer racing is $500. Any amount remaining above the initial investment will be donated by the Club to The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

4.  Only Agreement.
I agree this is the only agreement or understanding that applies to my interest in the Club.

5.  Voting. 
Members are non-voting. All decisions will be made by the trainer and Arlington.