As Arlington gears up for the 2020 season, the Arlington Racing Department has released a proposed 2020 Stakes Schedule, conditional upon a contract between the track and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
The August 15th $1-million dollar GI Arlington Million is the highlight of the 18 stakes schedule worth $3,650,000. Opening on May 1, the highlight of the 68-day race meet is the International Festival of Racing where in addition to the 1 1/4-mile Million, Arlington will also conduct the 1 3/16-mile $600,000 GI Beverly D. Stakes for fillies and mares and the 1-mile $500,000 GI Secretariat Stakes for sophomores. Both the Million and the Beverly D. are part of the “Win And You're In” Breeders' Cup challenge series. These three races are the only GI races conducted in the state of Illinois.
Earlier in the season, the track will host the Ride to the Million, presented by Miller Lite, July 18. The day features three turf Million Day preps worth $150,000 each: the 1 3/16th mile GIII Arlington Handicap (Million), the 1 3/16th mile GIII Modesty Handicap (Beverly D.) and the listed American Derby (Secretariat) to be contested at 1 mile. The first three horses across the finish line July 18th will have their entry fees waived for their Festival Day's equivalents. The 1 1/16-mile $75,000 Hatoof Stakes is also slated for the turf on July 18th.
Other stakes events on the calendar are: the July 4th six-furlong, $75,000 Issac Murphy Stakes, the July 11th six-furlong $75,000 Addison Cammack Memorial Stakes, the July 25th 1 3/16-mile (Turf) $75,000 Mike Spellman Memorial Stakes, the August 1st 1 3/16-mile (Turf) $75,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap, the August 8th 1-mile (Turf) $75,000 Sharon N. Kirby Memorial Stakes, the August 15th 1-mile (Turf) $75,000 Richard P. Hazelton Memorial Stakes, the August 15th 5 1/2-furlong (Turf) $75,000 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes, the August 15th 1-mile $150,000 Hanshin Cup, the August 15th 1 1/8-mile (Turf) $150,000 GIII Pucker Up Stakes, the August 29th 1-mile (Turf) $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, and the August 29th 1-mile (Turf) $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.
A new race added to the schedule is the Richard P. Hazleton Memorial, honoring a trainer that dominated the Chicago racing circuit for many years, winning 8 Arlington training titles.
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