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Arlington Park

Arlington International Racecourse news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 24, 2013) – A schedule of seven overnight stakes races worth an aggregate $455,000 for the 2013 meet was announced by Arlington International Racecourse Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin. Each of the overnight stakes will carry a purse of $65,000.

First up will be the Meafara Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, followed by a pair of 1 1/16-mile turf races on June 15 which will serve as preps for Million Preview Day events. The Swoon’s Son can be used as prep for either the Arlington Handicap or Stars and Stripes while the Gaily Gaily will be a prep for the Modesty Handicap.

There will be a pair of main track races for 3-year-olds – the Coach Jimi Lee at seven furlongs on Million Preview Day July 13 and the Straight Line at one mile on Million Day Aug. 17.

Finally, Illinois-owned horses will be featured on Sept. 21 with open and distaff divisions of the Illinois Owners Stakes, each at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.

The complete overnight stakes schedule follows:

Day/Date Race Condition Distance Purse
Saturday, June 1 Meafara Stakes 3-year-olds, f 6 Furlongs $65,000
Saturday, June 15 Swoon’s Son Stakes 3-year-olds & up, f&m 1 1/16 Miles (turf) $65,000
Saturday, June 15 Gaily Gaily Stakes 3-year-olds & up, f&m 1 1/16 Miles (turf) $65,000
Saturday, July 13 Coach Jimi Lee Stakes 3-year-olds 7 Furlongs $65,000
Saturday, Aug. 17 Straight Line Stakes 3-year-olds 1 Mile $65,000
Saturday, Sept. 21 Illinois Owners Stakes 3-year-olds & up, IL-owned 1 1/16 Miles (turf) $65,000 (Charles Springer Memorial)
Saturday, Sept. 21 Illinois Owners Stakes 3-year-olds & up, f&m, IL-owned 1 1/16 Miles (turf) $65,000

Arlington International Racecourse – 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 International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 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, Trackside OTB in Hodgkins, Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills and the Foundry featuring Trackside Aurora Information on Arlington International Racecourse can be found online at, on Facebook at and, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.


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