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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 24, 2011) – Led by Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners Little Mike and I’m A Dreamer, a total of 13 horses who have raced at Arlington Park were among the 180 horses pre-entered for this year's event to be run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Of the 13 Arlington-raced horses, two were stakes winners here this year, eight started here but did not win a stakes race here in 2012 and the remaining three raced here in previous seasons.

The Grade I Arlington Million and Grade I Beverly D. were again part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” format, which automatically places the winners of selected major stakes races at racetracks worldwide including Arlington Park, into a corresponding divisional race. Beverly D. heroine I’m A Dreamer used her “Win & You’re In” berth into the Grade I $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the connections of Little Mike, whose Million win earned him a berth into the Grade I $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, pre-entered both that race and the Grade I $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Joining I’m A Dreamer in the Filly & Mare Turf are Beverly D. runner-up Marketing Mix and sixth-place finisher Up.

In addition to Little Mike, two other Million starters have been pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup. Willcox Inn, who won an allowance race here this year as well as two-thirds of the 2011 Mid-America Triple over the Arlington Turf, has been pre-entered in the Mile while Treasure Beach, the 2011 Grade I Secretariat Stakes winner who finished sixth in this year’s Million, has been pre-entered in the Turf.

Pool Play, third in Grade III Washington Park Handicap; and Handsome Mike, fourth in the Secretariat, have been pre-entered for the Grade I $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Handsome Mike has also been pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

The remaining two 2012 Arlington starters pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup are 2-year-olds pointing to the Grade I $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf - Brown Almighty and Under Review, each of whom broke their maidens here.

Three horses who started here in the past are also among the pre-entries for this year’s Championships – Animal Kingdom (Mile), the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner who started his career at Arlington as a 2-year-old in 2010; Fort Larned (Classic), eighth in the 2011 Arlington Classic; and Eldaafer (Grade II $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon), the 2010 Marathon winner who ran fourth in the 2009 edition of the Washington Park Handicap.

This year’s two-day Breeders’ Cup format has six championship races slated to be run on Friday, Nov. 2 and the remaining nine championship events contested Saturday, Nov. 3.

The 15-race Breeders' Cup World Championships, with $25.5 million in total purses, will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its network of Trackside off-track wagering facilities.

On Friday, first post at Santa Anita is 1:15 pm Central time with the first of six Breeders’ Cup races slated to go to the post at 3:06 pm CT. The last of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races, the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic will be run at 6:30 pm CT. Illinois Thoroughbred racing at Hawthorne will start at 1:30 pm CT.

The following day’s action from Santa Anita begins at 12:05 pm CT with the first of nine Breeders’ Cup events scheduled for 1:50 pm CT while the first local race from Hawthorne is set for 1:30 pm CT. The final Breeders’ Cup race, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, will be run at 7:30 pm CT.

Arlington Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders’ Cup package on Saturday, Nov. 3. For $50 per person, fans will receive admission, program, a special Chef’s Table, deserts and snacks. Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by calling (847) 870-RACE (7223) or by purchasing tickets online at

Arlington’s International Room will also be open for the Saturday portion of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. For $32 per person, fans will receive admission, program, a special Chef’s Table, deserts and snacks. Reservations are required and can be secured by calling (847) 870-RACE (7223).

In addition, Mr. D.’s Sports Bar located on the east end of the apron level of the grandstand will be open both Friday and Saturday.

Illinois Trackside locations will be open both days and each location will offer food and beverage specials throughout the day. For more information regarding Breeders’ Cup events at Trackside locations, visit

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 89-day meet in 2013 from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Joe’s Bar on Weed Street featuring Trackside Chicago, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at


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