The Million and Secretariat are both run at North America's classic distance of a mile and a quarter while the Beverly D. is contested at a mile and three-sixteenths. The American St. Leger will be carded at the marathon distance of a mile and eleven-sixteenths (1m 5 1/2f) and the Hatoof (previously run as an overnight stakes race) will be run at 1 1/16 miles.
The 2013 schedule features several additional “big event” days that combine multiple stakes races onto a single card.
The first of these days is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, and will feature three Grade III events - the $150,000 Arlington Matron, for fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth on Polytrack, the $150,000 Hanshin Cup for older horses at a mile on the main track and the $150,000 Arlington Classic (newly returned to Grade III status and the first leg of the Mid-America Triple) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
Illinois-breds are prominent in June with a pair of stakes races restricted to “Prairie Staters” slated for each of the month’s first three Saturdays. On June 1, state-bred 3-year-olds will vie in the $100,000 Springfield Stakes and the $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes – each at one mile over Polytrack.
The following weekend, older sprinters will tangle in a pair of six-furlong dashes: the $100,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares and the $100,000 Addison Cammack Handicap (formerly the White Oak) for the boys.
Finally, on June 15 turf runners will get their chance in the $100,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap for fillies and mares and the $100,000 Black Tie Affair for the boys, each race run at a mile and a sixteenth over the lawn.
The Grade III $150,000 Chicago Handicap, a seven-furlong main track race, will close out the June stakes slate on Saturday, June 29.
On July 13, Million Preview Day, scheduled five weeks prior to the International Festival of Racing, includes major prep races for four International Festival events. The Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap serves as the final local prep race for the Arlington Million while the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap plays the same role for the Beverly D. The Grade III $200,000 American Derby, which is also the second leg of the Mid-America Triple, leads into the Secretariat Stakes while the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes at a mile and a half on the turf will serve as a feeder for the American St. Leger Stakes.
As has been the case for the last several years, the top three finishers in each of the Preview Day stakes races will have their entry and start fees waived for the counterpart race during the International Festival of Racing.
Also to be run in July are the 2013 renewals of the $100,000 Arlington Sprint (Listed), a 5 ½-furlong turf dash; and the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks a mile and an eighth main track race for 3-year-old fillies. The Arlington Sprint is slated for Saturday, July 6 with the local Oaks scheduled to run two weeks later on Saturday, July 20.
In addition to the International Festival of Racing, the August stakes slate includes the Aug. 31 running of the Grade III $150,000 Washington Park Handicap for older horses at a mile and an eighth on Polytrack.
Two-year-olds will be featured on Saturday, Sept. 7 when Arlington presents the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity for 2-year-old colts & geldings at one mile on Polytrack and the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (Listed) for 2-year-old fillies at one mile on the main track.
One additional stake race is scheduled for the meet’s final month – the Grade III $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and an eighth on the turf, which will be run on Saturday, Sept. 14
The complete 2013 Arlington International Racecourse stakes schedule is attached.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 89-day meet in 2013 from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Joe’s Bar on Weed Street featuring Trackside Chicago, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington International Racecourse can be found online at http://www.arlingtonpark.com.
Arlington Park 2013 Stakes Schedule
Day/Date Race Conditions Purse Distance
Saturday, May 25 Hanshin Cup (GIII) 3yo & up $150,000 G 1 Mile
Saturday, May 25 Arlington Classic (GIII) 3yo $150,000 G 1 Mile & 1 1/16 (T)
Saturday, May 25 Arlington Matron (GIII) 3yo & up, f&m $150,000 G 1 Mile & 1/8
Saturday, June 1 Purple Violet Stakes (IL) F, 3yo $100,000 A 1 Mile
Saturday, June 1 Springfield Stakes (IL) 3yo $100,000 A 1 Mile
Saturday, June 8 Isaac Murphy Handicap (IL) F&M, 3yo & up $100,000 A 6 Furlongs
Saturday, June 8 Addison Cammack Handicap (IL) 3yo & up $100,000 A 6 Furlongs
Saturday, June 15 Lincoln Heritage Handicap (IL) F&M, 3yo & up $100,000 A 1 Mile & 1/16 (T)
Saturday, June 15 Black Tie Affair Handicap (IL) 3yo & up $100,000 A 1 Mile & 1/16 (T)
Saturday, June 29 Chicago Handicap (GIII) F&M, 3yo & up $150,000 G 7 Furlongs
Saturday, July 6 Arlington Sprint (Listed) 3yo & up $100,000 G 5 1/2 Furlongs (T)
Million Preview Day
Saturday, July 13 Stars and Stripes (GIII) 3yo & up $150,000 G 1 Mile & 1/2 (T)
Saturday, July 13 Arlington Handicap (GIII) 3yo & up $200,000 G 1 Mile & 1/4 (T)
Saturday, July 13 Modesty Handicap (GIII) F&M, 3yo & up $200,000 G 1 Mile & 3/16 (T)
Saturday, July 13 American Derby (GIII) 3yo $200,000 G 1 Mile & 3/16 (T)
Saturday, July 20 Arlington Oaks (GIII) F, 3yo $150,000 G 1 Mile & 1/8
Arlington International Festival of Racing ________ _______________
Saturday, Aug. 17 Hatoof Stakes F, 3yo $75,000 G 1 Mile & 1 1/16 (T)
Saturday, Aug. 17 American St. Leger Stakes 3yo & up $400,000 G 1 Mile & 11/16 (T)
Saturday, Aug. 17 Secretariat Stakes (GI) 3yo $500,000 G 1 Mile & 1/4 (T)
Saturday, Aug. 17 Beverly D. (GI) F&M, 3yo & up $750,000 G 1 Mile & 3/16 (T)
Saturday, Aug. 17 Arlington Million XXXI (GI) 3yo & up $1,000,000 G 1 Mile & 1/4 (T)
Saturday, Aug. 31 Washington Park Handicap (GIII) 3yo & up $150,000 G 1 Mile & 1/8
Saturday, Sept. 7 Arlington-Washington Futurity (GIII) 2yo $150,000 G 1 Mile
Saturday, Sept. 7 Arlington-Washington Lassie (Listed) F, 2yo $100,000 G 1 Mile
Saturday, Sept. 14 Pucker Up Stakes (GIII) F, 3yo $175,000 G 1 Mile & 1/8 (T)
(IL) denotes races for Illinois Registered Conceived and/or Foaled Horses