Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Thursday, May 16, 2013

| Churchill Downs Communications | 06/30/2013 #

In Today’s Notes: Advance Wagering on Saturday’s Preakness Stakes Available Friday; Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Summer Event Schedule

Arlington International Racecourse and its network of Trackside Off-Track Betting locations will offer advance wagering on Saturday’s Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course beginning Friday morning.

In addition to offering advanced wagering on the mile and three-sixteenth second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown, Arlington will allow betting on the Pimilco Special-Preakness Daily Double as well as early wagering on Pimlico’s entire Preakness Day card that gets underway at 9:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday.

Arlington International Racecourse kicks into high gear for the Memorial Day holiday weekend from May 24 through May 27 with special events every day as well as a trio of graded stakes races to highlight the Saturday, May 25, program.

On Friday, May 24, Arlington will present the first Miller Lite Party in the Park of the season.  The popular program runs through Labor Day weekend and features a mixture of live bands, DJs and live Thoroughbred racing.  First race and first song are slated for 3 p.m. CT with music to be provided by a live DJ playing your favorite songs.

That same afternoon, Arlington University (“AU”) will be unveiled.  Located in the Park area, “AU” is a one-stop location where fans new and old alike can ask questions and receive individual and small group interaction from the track’s group of experts – the university “professors.”

As part of Party in the Park, fans 18 and older will be able to play Arlington International Bingo - a fun and educational way to enjoy the races with a chance to win great prizes.

The next day – Saturday, May 25 – Arlington kicks off its $5.5 million stakes schedule with a trio of Grade III events that each carry a $150,000 purse, the Arlington Classic for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf; the Arlington Matron for fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth over Polytrack; and the Hanshin Cup for older horses at one mile on Polytrack.

That day will also mark the return of the Miller Lite Saturday Summer Bash featuring live music and great food specials in the Park area.  The May 25 headliner is popular local band Bucket Number Six and the food special will be a $5 BBQ pork sandwich. First race and first song will be at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, May 26, Arlington will bring a little bit of Wrigley Field here to present is first-ever Chicago Cubs Day.  The Cubs official trolley will be on-site and fans can register to win a Meet and Greet with members of the Cubs Alumni (players to be determined) or to win signed Cubs memorabilia.  Arlington’s jockeys and Cubs alumni will lead the crowd in a special 7th Inning (Race) Stretch version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

May 26 will also be a Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, featuring a new and improved Junior Jockey Zone with a petting zoo, a face painter, pony rides, a bounce house, a caricaturist, a magician/juggler, plus events/exhibitions provided by Museum of Science and Industry and Azoosment.  All Family Day activities run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Arlington will be open for live racing on Memorial Day Monday, May 27 and will offer free General Admission to active military and veterans.  There will be Family Day activities in the Park and live music on the band stage provided by Hey Jimmy.  First race and first song on the holiday Monday will be at 1 p.m. and Family Day activities will continue until 5 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to avoid the line and buy tickets online at