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Arlington Park

Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/24/12)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


A Jackpot High-5 Carryover Pool of $288,667 will be available Friday on the same afternoon that the first Party In The Park of the 2012 Arlington season kicks off Arlington’s extended Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Jackpot High-5 is a $1 wager that requires the bettor to select the first five finishers in exact order in the last race of the day, and the Jackpot provision means that the entire pool pays out when there is one is one and only one ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order. Partial payouts are distributed when multiple tickets are sold that correctly select the first five finishers in exact order.

Party In The Park, however, will continue every Friday throughout the summer until Labor Day weekend, with Friday’s regular twilight racing program commencing with a first race post time of 3 pm.

On Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the 76th running of Grade III Arlington Matron for fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the Polytrack and the 77th running of the $125,000 Arlington Classic for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16-miles on the grass take center stage as two traditional highlights of the Chicago oval’s stakes schedule. The latter serves as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple and that sophomore turf series continues with the Grade III American Derby on Million Preview Day July 14 and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day Aug. 18.

On Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Arlington will offer its first Family Day, with pony rides, a petting zoo and face painters available to entertain Arlington’s younger racing fans, and on Memorial Day Monday – one of only two Monday race days at Arlington this summer – those Family Day activities will be offered once again.


A single lucky handicapper hit Arlington’s $71,334 Pick-9 carryover pool at the conclusion of Wednesday’s racing program.

Arlington’s Pick-9 wager is paid out when one or multiple ticket holders select the winners of Arlington’s first nine races on a given day.

However, Wednesday’s Pick-9 Carryover pool coincidentally did happen to get hit by a single ticket holder who wagered $86 through

Arlington’s Pick-9 is a 10-cent wager offered with a takeout of only 15 percent.


Fans of Arlington’s upcoming International Festival of Racing on Aug. 18 should be able to start previewing some of its equine participants during Memorial Day weekend by watching simulcasts of stakes events scheduled at other racetracks around the nation.

On Saturday at Churchill Downs, the Twin Spires oval offers its Grade III Louisville Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 12 furlongs over the Louisville lawn. That race often offers a preview of Arlington’s Grade III Stars and Stripes, also at that distance over Arlington’s world-famous turf course on Million Preview Day July 14.

Also, beginning this summer, the $150,000 Stars and Stripes becomes a prep for the Arlington’s newly minted $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes for 3-year-olds and up which will be contested at 1 11/16-miles over the local lawn on Arlington Million Day Aug. 18.

On Saturday in New York, Belmont Park offers its Grade II Sheepshead Bay Stakes for fillies and mares at 11 furlongs on the turf. That race can be a stepping stone to Arlington’s Grade III Modesty Handicap on July 14, the designed local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 18.

Out on the west coast Saturday, Betfair Hollywood Park offers its Grade II American Handicap at a flat mile on the grass, which in the past has included runners who came to the Grade I Arlington Million later in the summer.

Finally, on Memorial Day Monday, that same California oval hosts its Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the grass, and that traditionally attracts participants who are brought to Chicago later in the season for the Beverly D.

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