Arlington International

Ward Trainees Breeze For Potential Royal Ascot Starts

A Wesley Ward-trained quartet of hopefuls for the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting at England’s Ascot Racecourse worked on Sunday morning at Arlington International Racecourse, each negotiating half-mile moves over the world-renowned turf course. Ward, who has been an American pioneer in recent years with his success shipping overseas – especially to Royal Ascot – was […]

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Arlington Releases Stakes Calendar; Million Set For Aug. 15

Arlington International Racecourse has announced a 2015 stakes schedule comprised of 18 stakes worth more than $3.5 million focused on the Arlington International Summer Stakes Spectacular in July and August when the track will play host to stakes events on nine consecutive Saturdays from July 4 through Aug. 29, including six stakes races for Illinois-breds […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Graham Rides With Confidence

Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, James Graham knew early on that horses were his passion. When he struggled in school, he jumped at the chance to go through an apprentice riding program. “It’s been straightforward ever since,” said Graham. The 35-year-old came to the U.S. in 2002 and rode his first winner a year later at […]

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Illinois Racing Board Cuts Chicago Race Dates by 21 Percent

The Illinois Racing Board approved a schedule on Tuesday that would slash the number of race dates in the Chicago area by 21 percent in 2015, moving from 189 this year to 150 next year. According to the Daily Racing Form, tracks anticipate they will not have casino impact fees going toward purses unless the state’s […]

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Trainer Rivelli Earns Second Arlington Title

Trainer Larry Rivelli will put the finishing touches on a stellar meet this weekend. Entering Saturday’s card, his 57 victories give him a commanding lead in the standings and his enviable 33% strike rate has been steady all season. Coming out of the gate as quickly as many of his charges’, Rivelli’s momentum has never […]

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Arlington Million Hero Hardest Core Prepares for Breeders’ Cup Turf

No moment was more memorable at the 2014 Arlington International Racecourse meet than watching the feel-good story of the year of Andrew Bentley’s against-all-odds gelding Hardest Core cross the wire first in the Grade I Arlington Million over Irish import and Breeders’ Cup champion Magician. It was a score for the little guy: the small […]

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Proctor Pair Exit Pucker Up Well, Point Towards Fall Stakes

A salty renewal of the Grade III $150,000 Pucker Up on Saturday afternoon produced some outstanding performances and confusing efforts on a rain-soaked and soft turf course. Two fillies who relished the wet going were from the barn of veteran trainer Tom Proctor – Sistas Stroll and V V Goodnight, who swept the exacta in […]

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Sistas Stroll Scores in Pucker Up, Gives VanDyke First Graded Victory

Sistas Stroll and V V Goodnight went 1-2 for trainer Tom Proctor in Arlington International’s Grade 3, $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes on Saturday afternoon. “Both of them are nice fillies,” Proctor said. “They both ran like they’ve been running. I liked the finish.” Maria Maria closed for third. The final time was 1:55.13 for a […]

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Jockey E. T. Baird Continues Successful Arlington Meet

Veteran jockey E. T. Baird is having a huge 2014 meet at Arlington International Racecourse and put an exclamation on said performance with a four-bagger on Friday afternoon, including two victories with leading trainer and strong supporter Larry Rivelli. The journeyman has struck at a rate of 26% – highest among all local jockeys – […]

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