Arlington Park

Jockey-Turned-Trainer Vanden Berg Saddles First Winner

Brittany Vanden Berg scored her first victory as a trainer on Sunday June 9 at Arlington when her 5-year-old Trappe Valley won the second race on the Sunday card. Vanden Berg was a jockey for seven years before hanging up her tack to become a full time trainer. She won her first career race as […]

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‘Hope And Optimism’: Illinois Gambling Legislation To Put Casinos, Sports Betting At Racetracks

After more than 25 years of frustration, Illinois racetracks and horsemen will soon be able to better compete with neighboring states that benefit from casino revenue, thanks to omnibus gambling legislation that passed both the House and Senate in Springfield during overtime sessions this weekend. On Saturday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 690 by […]

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Coachwhip Finds Synthetic To Her Liking In Arlington Matron

Calumet Farm’s Coachwhip drew clear in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the GIII Arlington Matron impressively on Saturday, the best in a field scratched down to six older fillies sent 1 1/8 miles over the Arlington synthetic main track.  Jockey Tyler Baze made the trip to Chicago to ride the Calumet homebred […]

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Bill Downes To Call Arlington Race In Honor Of His Father

The familiar voice of John G. Dooley will be replaced on Sunday at Arlington as veteran Indiana Grand announcer Bill Downes takes the booth for the sixth race on the card. The race is named in honor of his father, William Downes III. William Downes III didn’t grow up in racing, and was never introduced […]

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Arlington’s State-Bred Races Now Open To Arkansas- And Louisiana-Breds

For the first time a trio of State Bred horses will be able to compete against each-other at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. Racing Secretary Chris Polzin has begun carding races that will include Louisiana-bred, Illinois-bred and Arkansas-bred horses. Arlington fans and bettors will notice the possible rise in field size for state-bred races. […]

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Former Claimer Lanier Makes It Look Easy In Hanshin Cup

Oakview Stable’s Lanier cruised home with an easy open length win in the 2019 version of the $100,000 GIII Hanshin Cup at Arlington. This was the 25th year that Arlington ran an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association. A field of 10 older horses went to post for the Saturday feature. Jockey Declan Cannon […]

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Emigh Staring Down Bucket List Goal Of 4,000 Victories

Chris Emigh won his first race in 1989 as an 18-year-old riding the Southern Louisiana circuit. Twenty-nine years later he is sitting on 3,983 wins coming into the 2019 Arlington Park meet, at a track where he has found plenty of success over the years. He sits third on the Arlington Park all-time winningest jockeys […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. Buys Majority Interest In Casino Near Arlington Park

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI, Nasdaq: CHDN) has announced it has signed a definitive purchase agreement pursuant to which CDI will acquire certain of the ownership interests of Midwest Gaming Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Des Plaines, Ill., for cash. The Rivers Casino Des Plaines is 14 miles from CDI-owned […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Turf And Filly & Mare Turf

International runners have traditionally fared well in the Breeders’ Cup’s marquee turf races, hence why there are so many pictures of Frankie Dettori vaulting off horses in North American winner’s circles. The influence foreign runners have on the outcomes of the Breeders’ Cup Turf, and Filly and Mare Turf, is so strong that the top […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System

Here we go again. Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine. Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the […]

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