Arlington Classic Among A Trio Of Graded Races At Arlington

One week after Ria Antonia took on the boys in the Preakness, Istanford will take her shot at bruising the male ego as one of eight three-year-olds in the Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Classic on Saturday.

The 1 1/16-mile turf event, the first leg of the Mid-America Triple which continues on July 12 with the American Derby and concludes August 16 with the Secretariat, highlights a trio of Grade 3 stakes at Arlington.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Arlington Matron, a nine-furlong Polytrack test for fillies and mares, features Frivolous, who exits a romping 4 1/4-length allowance victory at Keeneland. The G. Watts Humphrey Jr. homebred displayed class in Chicago last season, finishing a neck second in the Arlington Oaks.

A full field of 14 will go forward in the Grade 3, $150,000 Hanshin Cup, a one-turn Polytrack mile for older horses. Occasional View, who has blossomed this season with a win in the Commonwealth at Keeneland and a second in the Vigil at Woodbine, might be a slight favorite.

Arlington Park Spring/Summer 2014 Meet Information

Dates: May 2 - September 28, 2014

Arlington Park horse racing schedule: In May and June, Arlington will be open for live racing every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with a post time of 1 p.m. and every Friday with a first post of 3 p.m.  There will be a special 12:15 p.m. post time on Saturday, May 4, for the Kentucky Derby day program and there will be a holiday racing program on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, beginning at 1 p.m.  Once the calendar flips to July, Arlington’s schedule will change to a Thursday-Sunday schedule with the first race slated for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and 3 p.m. on Fridays through August and 2 p.m. in September.

Arlington Park wagers available may include: Win, Place, Show, Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Daily Double, Pick 3, and Pick 4.

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Arlington Park Racetrack Information

Main track (Polytrack): 1-1/8 mile oval
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 1,049 feet
Width of stretch: 90 feet
Composition: Polytrack

Turf: 1 mile oval
Width of stretch: 150 feet
Composition: 15% red fescue, 52% Kentucky bluegrass, 31% perennial rye
Bets available may include: Win, Place, Show, Quinella, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Jackpot High 5, Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6 and Jackpot Pick 9.

About Arlington Park

Arlington has been part of the Chicago sports scene since 1927, when a group of investors built what was then called Arlington Park, which upon its opening was called “America’s most beautiful race course” by the Chicago Tribune. 

Completely rebuilt following a 1985 fire that destroyed the facility, Arlington remains one of the world’s finest racing establishments.  Each August, Arlington hosts the world-renowned Arlington Million, which was inaugurated in 1981 as the world’s first million-dollar horse race.