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ARLINGTON NOTES

Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754
Dleary@arlingtonpark.com

ARLINGTON SCHEDULES 38 STAKES WITH $6.3 MILLION IN PURSES FOR 2002

Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships "Preview Weekend at the Park," 7 New Stakes Added

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 21, 2002) -- Arlington Park announced Monday that it will submit an expanded stakes schedule with 38 stakes worth $6.3 million to the Illinois Racing Board for approval at their Feb. 12, 2002 meeting. Arlington's 2002 stakes program includes seven new stakes surrounding the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and an increase of $750,000 from the 2001 schedule. Arlington Park, who will host the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Saturday Oct. 26, will run a 107-day meet from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002.

Among the highlights of this year's schedule is the new "Preview Weekend at the Park" on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29 featuring four prep races for the 2002 World Thoroughbred Championships. On Saturday, the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (Grade III) and the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (GIII) will both be contested at a mile for two-year-old colts and fillies, respectively. The next day features the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap (GII) for three-year-olds and up at a mile and three-sixteenths for Breeders' Cup Classic hopefuls and the $150,000-added Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile, with a purse increase of $50,000 from a year ago, for turf specialists three-years-old and up. Last year's Washington Park was run July 21 at a mile and a quarter.

"For the third consecutive year, Arlington has created a new major event on the racing calendar with the 'Preview Weekend at the Park' on Sept. 28 and 29," said Frank Gabriel, Arlington's vice president of racing and operations referring to Million Preview Day in 2001 and the Prairie State Festival in 2000. "Serving as host for this year's Breeders' Cup Thoroughbred World Championships will focus greater attention on our stakes schedule and promises to provide our fans with some very exciting racing at Arlington Park in 2002."

In addition, seven new $100,000 stakes have been added to the Friday through Sunday schedule surrounding the Breeders' Cup. On Friday, the seven-furlong Gilded Time Stakes for two-year-olds and the John Henry Handicap for older horses to be run at a mile and 3/16 on the turf will help kickoff the championship weekend. Also, the second running of the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap for fillies and mares three and up at a mile and a sixteenth on turf will be part of the Friday card.

On Breeders' Cup Day, in addition to the eight World Thoroughbred Championships races, Arlington Park will host an 11-race card with three additional stakes for older horses. The "Right Here Right Now" Safely Kept Handicap for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up to be contested at seven furlongs, the Black Tie Affair Handicap sponsored by The State of Illinois for three-year-olds and up to be run at a mile and an eighth plus the mile and a sixteenth Steinlen Handicap for three-year-olds and up on the turf.

The weekend and the Arlington 2002 race meet conclude on Sunday, Oct. 27 with the Eliza Stakes for two-year-old fillies at seven furlongs and the Smile Handicap for older horses at five and a half furlongs on the turf.

Arlington's International Festival of Racing, featuring Illinois' only three Grade I stakes, all scheduled for turf -- the $1,000,000 Arlington Million for three-year-olds and up, the $700,000 Beverly D. for fillies and mares three and up, and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for three-year-olds -- will be Saturday, Aug. 17.

In 2001, Arlington Park introduced "Million Preview Day," featuring the Arlington Handicap, the Modesty Handicap and Round Table Stakes, which returns in 2002 on Saturday, July 27. Also returning is the third annual Prairie State Festival with six stakes for Illinois-breds and purses totaling $450,000, on Saturday, June 22.

 

 
ARLINGTON PARK 2002 STAKES SCHEDULE *** Pending Illinois Racing Board Approval

Date Stake / Conditions / Value / Distance

Sat. June 8 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (GIII)
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$150,000 Added ($75,000 Added, $75,000 B.C. Fund)
7 furlongs

PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL *********************************

Sat. June 22 Purple Violet Stakes
Fillies, Three Years Old (Illinois Registered)
$75,000 Added
1 Mile

Sat. June 22 Springfield Stakes
Three Year Olds (Illinois Registered)
$75,000 Added
1 Mile

Sat. June 22 Isaac Murphy Handicap
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up (Illinois Registered)
$75,000 Added
6 Furlongs

Sat. June 22 White Oak Handicap
Three Year Olds & Up (Illinois Registered)
$75,000 Added
6 Furlongs

Sat. June 22 Lincoln Heritage Handicap
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up (Illinois Registered)
$75,000 Added
1 Mile and 1/16 (Turf)

Sat. June 22 Cardinal Handicap
Three Year Olds & Up (Illinois Registered)
$75,000 Added
1 Mile and 1/16 (Turf)

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Sat. June 29 Arlington Classic (GII)
Three Year Olds
$175,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/16 (Turf)

Sat. July 6 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (GIII)
Three Year Olds & Up
$200,000 Added ($125,000 Added, $75,000 B.C. Fund)
1 Mile and one-half (Turf)

Sat. July 20 Hanshin Cup (GIII)
Three Year Olds & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile

Sun. July 21 American Derby (GII)
Three Year Olds
$225,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 3/16 (Turf)

MILLION PREVIEW DAY ###################################

Sat. July 27 Arlington Handicap (GIII)
Three Year Olds & Up
$225,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and one-quarter (Turf)

Sat. July 27 Modesty Handicap (GIII)
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 3/16 (Turf)

Sat. July 27 Round Table Stakes
Three Year Olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/8

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Sat. Aug. 10 Singapore Plate (GIII)
Fillies, Three Years Old
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/8

ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING ************

Sat. Aug. 17 Secretariat Stakes (GI)
Three Year Olds
$400,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and one-quarter (Turf)

Sat. Aug. 17 Beverly D. (GI)
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$700,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 3/16 (Turf)

Sat. Aug. 17 Arlington Million (GI)
Three Year Olds & Up
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and one-quarter (Turf)

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Sat. Aug. 24 Arlington Sprint
Three Year Olds & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs

Sun. Aug. 25 Windy City Dash
Quarter Horses, Three Years Old & Up (A.Q.H.A.)
$50,000 Guaranteed
400 yards

Sat. Aug. 31 Top Flight Stakes
Fillies, Two Years Old
$75,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs

Mon. Sept. 2 Arlington Matron Handicap (GIII)
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/8

Sat. Sept. 7 Spectacular Bid Stakes
Two Year Olds
$75,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs

Sat. Sept. 14 Pucker Up Stakes (GIII)
Fillies, Three Years Old
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile & 1/8 (Turf)

Sun. Sept. 15 St. James Cup (GIII)
Steeplechase, Three Year Olds & Up (NSA)
$50,000 Guaranteed
2 Miles & 1/8 (Turf) (over National Fences)
(Novice hurdle stakes race)

PREVIEW WEEKEND AT THE PARK #########################

Sat. Sept. 28 Arlington-Washington Lassie (GIII)
Fillies, Two Years Old
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile

Sat. Sept. 28 Arlington-Washington Futurity (GIII)
Two Year Olds
$150,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile

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Sun. Sept. 29 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile
Three Year Olds & Up
$150,000 Added ($100,000 Added, $50,000 B.C. Fund)
1 Mile (Turf)

Sun. Sept. 29 Washington Park Handicap (GII)
Three Year Olds & Up
$400,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 3/16

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Sat. Oct. 12 Manila Stakes
Two Year Olds
$75,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)

Fri. Oct. 25 Gilded Time Stakes
Two Year Olds
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

Fri. Oct. 25 Estrapade Handicap
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/16 (Turf)

Fri. Oct. 25 John Henry Handicap
Three Year Olds & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 3/16 (Turf)

Sat. Oct. 26 "Right Here Right Now" Safely Kept Handicap
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

Sat. Oct. 26 Black Tie Affair Handicap sponsored by The State of Illinois
Three Year Olds & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/8

Sat. Oct. 26 Steinlen Handicap
Three Year Olds & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/16 (Turf)

BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS *****

Sat. Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Distaff (GI)
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$2,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/8

Sat. Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI)
Fillies, Two Years Old
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/16

Sat. Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Mile (GI)
Three Year Olds & Up
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile (Turf)

Sat. Oct. 26 Penske Auto Centers Breeders' Cup Sprint (GI)
Three Year Olds and Up
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
6 Furlongs

Sat. Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GI)
Fillies & Mares, Three Years Old & Up
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and one-quarter (Turf)

Sat. Oct. 26 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI)
Two Year Olds
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and 1/16

Sat. Oct. 26 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (GI)
Three Year Olds & Up
$2,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and one-half (Turf)

Sat. Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Classic (GI)
Three Year Olds & Up
$4,000,000 Guaranteed
1 Mile and one-quarter

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Sun. Oct. 27 Eliza Stakes
Fillies, Two Years Old
$100,000 Guaranteed
7 Furlongs

Sun. Oct. 27 Smile Handicap
Three Year Olds & Up
$100,000 Guaranteed
5 Furlongs (Turf)

 

 

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