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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/8/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Racing fans are reminded that post time for the first race this Saturday during Arlington Park’s “Million Preview Day” will be 12:15 p.m.

The 12-race card will feature three graded stakes races: the Grade II American Derby for 3-year-olds, the Grade III Arlington Handicap for older horses, and the Grade III Modesty Handicap for fillies and mares.

Saturday’s “Million Preview Day” – exceeded in importance among racing fans only by Arlington’s International Festival of Racing Aug. 8 – serves as a dress rehearsal for Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred event on that second Saturday in August.

Saturday’s $300,000 American Derby is the middle leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple restricted to 3-year-olds which concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes during the International Festival of Racing, while Saturday’s $200,000 Arlington Handicap is the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million and Saturday’s $200,000 Modesty Handicap previews the Grade I Beverly D. as the Arlington Million’s sister race restricted to fillies and mares.

In addition to Saturday’s trio of preps for the International Festival of Racing next month, three other stakes races will also be offered, including the $200,000 Arlington Sprint for 3-year-olds and up to be contested at 5 1/2-furlongs on the turf. The Arlington Sprint is a “Win and You’re In” prep for the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in November at Santa Anita.

The other two stakes this Saturday on “Million Preview Day” are the $50,000-added Pink Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf and the $50,000 Diamond Ring Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16-miles on the turf.

There will be an “Arlington Million Hat Giveaway” on Million Preview Day to the first 3,000 guests who purchase their tickets online at

Also, a guaranteed pool of $100,000 will be offered on an all-stakes Pick 4 with the caveat that all scheduled turf stakes must remain on the turf.

The fifth edition of the 2009 Arlington Handicapping Challenge is among the other added attractions this Saturday.

The free live money series will be free to enter once again and offer berths into the 2010 Horse Player World Series, and every Arlington Handicapping Challenge participant will receive 10 Twin Spires Club points per dollar for every one dollar wagered using the participant’s contest card. The Challenge will also be held in conjunction with a M. Scott McMannis handicapping seminar.


Saturday is also “Ladies Day” at Arlington Park, and the local racecourse, along with Fresh FM, Mario Tricoci and the Susan G. Komen Foundation encourage all ladies dressed in their best to participate in the “First Lady of Fashion” contest.

The winner, picked by a panel of guest judges, will walk away with a $1,000 Macy’s gift card, and an ultimate spa package courtesy of Mario Tricoci and Fresh FM.

Arlington will also salute the ladies in attendance with complimentary massages, giveaways and more.


“Million Preview Day” begins early with another edition of the popular “Breakfast At Arlington” program, featuring a breakfast buffet from 7:30 am to 9:30 am Saturday.

Track announcer John G. Dooley and trainer Liane Davis host an entertaining and informative program on the Arlington apron during morning training hours, that covers everything from training horses to track maintenance.


Calder Casino & Race Course – Arlington Park’s corporate sister track located South Florida – offers its own showcase program Saturday, billed as the “Summit of Speed.”

Among the five stakes races are Calder’s Grade I Princess Rooney Handicap and the Grade II Smile Sprint Handicap. An all-graded stakes Pick 4 is also offered at the Miami oval.

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