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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‘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 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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Emigh: ‘Humbling’ To Earn Status Of Third-Winningest Rider At Arlington Park

Jockey Chris Emigh became the third-winningest rider of all time at Arlington International Racecourse when taking Saturday afternoon’s seventh race aboard Sea Diva ($8.80). Emigh, 47, captured win number 1,079 at the Chicagoland oval when guiding the 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman to victory to surpass Carlos Silva (1,078) for the title. He now trails only […]

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‘You Can Always Count On Him’: 8-Year-Old Cammack Still Going Strong

Team Block’s old warrior Cammack is still highly competitive at age eight and backed his ambitious nature when scoring his twelfth career victory in Friday afternoon’s third race over the turf at Arlington International Racecourse. In doing so, he made amends by defeating Zulu Alpha who narrowly beat the son of Giant’s Causeway the last […]

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