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Block Nears ‘Humbling’ Stakes Milestone At Arlington Park

Trainer Chris Block will be in position to take over the all-time stakes win record at Arlington Park on Saturday when he sends out Joyful Night in the Isaac Murphy Memorial, and Wile E Peyote in the Addison Cammack Memorial. Block got his first victory as a trainer in 1990 and has been a force […]

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Chris Emigh Hits, 4,000-Win Milestone On Arlington’s Holiday Opener

Chris Emigh secured career win number 4,000 on Thursday at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill., aboard Mr. Haney in the first race of the day. Emigh, who had been sitting on 3,999 wins since June 29, was scheduled to ride six of the eight races on Thursday’s Fourth of July holiday card, but […]

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My Mertie Upsets Chicago Handicap At 33-1

A field of eight fillies and mares went to post in Saturday’s GIII Chicago Handicap, and it was the 7-year-old mare My Mertie who scored a 33-1 upset over 3-5 favorite Hotshot Anna. My Mertie sat sixth in the early stages while the leaders sprinted the first quarter mile in 22.60 seconds and a half […]

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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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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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Doyle ‘Set The Bar High’ At Arlington, Finished Strong As Third-Leading Rider

Jockey Sophie Doyle came into the 2018 meet at Arlington International Racecourse with a plan. With the racing season wrapping up, everything went according to said plan for the 31-year-old rider. Doyle was a new face in the jockey’s room at the beginning of the meet but had spent the spring at Hawthorne Race Course […]

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‘Never Gets Old’: Leading Rider Valdivia Closes Arlington Season With Five-Win Saturday

For the second Saturday in a row Jose Valdivia, Jr. scored five wins in a single day at Arlington International Racecourse to close out the season as leading rider with 112 victories. With his title already a lock entering the final day, Valdivia captured the third race with Patricia’s Hope’s Good Bye Greg ($3.60), a […]

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Illinois Racing Board Approves 2019 Dates; Hawthorne To Skip Winter Harness Meet

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Illinois Racing Board approved the official schedule of racing dates for the 2019 season, according to drf.com. The major change to the schedule is that Hawthorne will not be hosting a harness meet during the winter months. Instead, Hawthorne will return to Thoroughbred racing several weeks earlier than […]

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Leading Rider Valdivia Rides Five Winners Saturday At Arlington

Jose Valdivia, Jr. captured five races on Saturday’s 10-race card at Arlington International Racecourse, raising his total number of wins for the 2018 season to 104. Valdivia started the day with a sweep of the first three races aboard Larry Rivelli’s Macho Alpha ($4.20), Justin Johns’ On My Toes ($4) and Carolyn Wilson’s Rivelli-trainee Silva […]

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