Grade I Stakes: Arlington Million, Beverly D., Secretariat
Arlington Park Horse Racing Tickets
Arlington Park, now known as Arlington International Racecourse, is where Chicago goes to play in the summer. For nearly a century, Arlington Park has been one of the premier horse racing venues in the Midwest since the track opened in 1927. Although the facility was destroyed by a fire in 1985, the track was fully rebuilt within four years so the facilities are much newer than you might expect to see at a century-old venue. There is a six-story grandstand that allows fans to see the entire mile with an excellent view from every seat. Arlington hosted the Breeders' Cup in 2002, an honor that is reserved for only the most prestigious tracks with modern facilities. Fans at Arlington Park turn out for the big days of racing as the track draws near-capacity crowds throughout the season. The track also hosts special events and concerts when the horses are not running. Pick up your Arlington Park horse racing tickets at StubHub today.
What is the flagship racing event at Arlington Park?
The Arlington Million has been run since 1981 and is one of the preeminent turf races in the US. This Grade I stakes is held every year in August and draws horses looking to qualify for and train for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Classic. The race is fu10rlongs over the turf track, and the total purse for the Arlington Million is $1,000,000. At the time that the Arlington Million began, it was the first race in the US with a million-dollar purse.
Why is the track called Arlington International?
The "International" part of the track's name comes from the fact that European runners make their way to Chicago every summer to run in the Arlington Million. This started with the very first version of the race when four European runners participated. Now, horses from many different countries come to Arlington, including the 2018 winner of the Arlington Million Robert Bruce, who came to the track all the way from Chile.
What is the International Festival of Racing?
This is the centerpiece of the Arlington Park summer meet. Not only is this the day when the Arlington Million is held, but there are also several other stakes races that day, including two other Grade I events. Fans can also enjoy the Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes. This is a rare opportunity for horse racing fans to see three Grade I stakes in one day, and it is one of the most exciting and anticipated days of racing in the country.
What was the most legendary horse to ever race in Arlington Park?
In 1973, every racetrack in the country wanted to host arguably the best racehorse in history. After Secretariat won the Triple Crown, purses were increased with the hopes of luring the champion. He made his first start after the Belmont Stakes at Arlington in the Arlington Invitational. With Ron Turcotte aboard, Secretariat did his thing, pulling away from the field in the stretch to win by nine lengths in front of 41,000 fans who came to witness greatness.
When are races held at Arlington Park?
Along with Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball games, racing at Arlington is one of the rites of summer in Chicago. The track hosts 68 days of racing from May through September with races held Thursdays through Sundays. There are reserved seating ticket options available for fans, and these tickets are highly sought after for Arlington Million day. Be sure to pick up your tickets at StubHub for the best available seating options.Back to Top
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