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ARLINGTON’S SIGNIFICANCE FOR HANDICAPPERS
Arlington International Racecourse’s meet is one of the biggest highlights of Thoroughbred racing in the Midwest. Running from May to September, the 71-day meet presents handicapping challenges because of the depth of competition, and especially for its major races, when horses from out of town come in to face the locals in several rich events.
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Tools: Ultimate Past Performances from TwinSpires and Brisnet feature BRIS Class, Pace and Speed Ratings that can be a valuable tool when handicapping races. Additional data, including trainer, jockey, track bias and pedigree stats, allows further inspection into key details and Ultimate PPs also contain a predictive Prime Power Rating for every horse that’s started. Ultimate PPs are free to TwinSpires.com players when they wager on the track and day of the product purchased.
Horse-for-the-course angle: Individual records (track, distance etc) are listed in Ultimate PPs and horseplayers can expect form reversals at Arlington. Horses who have shown an affinity for either dirt, synthetic, or turf surfaces can display significant improvement upon recent efforts at other tracks. In particular, watch for differences between dirt and Polytrack runners; horses which have run on turf often transition better to Polytrack than dirt runners do.
Hot/cold trainers and jockeys: Top Arlington Park trainers like Larry Rivelli, Scott Becker, Steve Manley and Wayne Catalano always have large, strong teams for the meet, and expect to see them perform well. But even top barns will go through hot and cold streaks at times; keep an eye on how their horses have been performing during the meet, and their winning percentages, because winning and losing can be contagious. Same goes for jockeys: horses can feed upon the confidence of a hot rider and logical win contenders will come up short with pilots mired in a cold slump. Also, be wary of the big-name raiders from both coasts – and overseas – when the rich races are held Arlington Million day.
Track bias: Keep an eye on the statistics during the meet to see what gates, and what styles of racing, perform best over the Arlington Park Polytrack and turf surfaces. The turf often plays well for horses that come from off the speed, though it usually pays to not be drawn too close to the outside rail. Horses with early speed can fare best on the Polytrack, and again gates on the inside half of the track often prove best.
Best bets can make the difference between winning and losing – horseplayers interested in making money won’t wager the same amount on every race. Some races appear inscrutable, more wide-open than others, and that places a premium on leveraging your strongest opinions when handicapping.
Developing a game plan is simple: identify your best bets on the program and attack accordingly. Best bets can be “singled” in multi-race wagers like the Pick 3 and Pick 4, where stringing together winners is of critical importance. Singling allows you to utilize more horses in other contentious races.
TwinSpires.com is the place to bet races from Arlington Park and horseplayers can rely on a wealth of reports, including Daily Selections and Workout Reports from Brisnet.com, to help take the guesswork out of selections.
ARLINGTON STAKES FOR THE MEET
The 2017 Arlington Park stakes schedule features 20 stakes races, the first in early May and the last in early September. Of those 20 stakes, 12 are on the turf track; the most notable is the Arlington Million on August 12.
The 20 stakes races include six races (four on the Polytrack, two on turf) for Illinois registered, foaled, and/or conceived horses, each worth $50,000; three ungraded stakes races, all on the Polytrack, each worth $75,000; eight grade 3 races (one on Polytrack, the rest on turf) worth between $100,000 and $250,000; and three grade 1 races, worth between $400,000 and $1 million.
The biggest race every year at Arlington International Racecourse is the Arlington Million (G1), which was the first million-dollar race in the world when it began in 1981. Won twice in its early days by American racing legend John Henry, it continues to be one of the best turf races in the country.
The Arlington Million highlights a card in August which features six stakes races. They include two other grade 1 races: the Beverly D. Stakes (G1) at 1 3/16 miles for fillies and mares, and the Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds, both on turf. The other features are the $250,000 American St. Leger (G3) at 1 11/16-miles on turf; the $100,000 Pucker D. Stakes (G3) over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies on turf, and the $75,000 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds over one mile on the Polytrack.
Two of those races are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races – the Arlington Million (entry to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf), and the Beverly D. Stakes (entry to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf).
Four $100,000 preview races, all on turf for the August features are held on Million Preview day in early July, all at grade 3 level: they are the Stars and Stripes over 1 1/2 miles; the American Derby for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles; the Arlington Handicap over 13/16 miles; and the Modesty Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 3/16 miles.
Stakes racing begins in mid-May with the Hanshin Cup (G3) over one mile on Polytrack. Later in May there is the Arlington Classic (G3) for 3-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles.
June features all six of the stakes races for Illinois-registered horses. Four are on the Polytrack: the one-mile Purple Violet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies; the one-mile Springfield Stakes for 3-year-olds; the six-furlong Addison Cammack Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds and up; the six-furlong Isaac Murphy Stakes for fillies and mares aged three and up. The two on turf are the 1 1/16-mile Black Tie Affair Handicap for 3-year-olds and up, and the 1 1/16-mile Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap for fillies and mares three and over.
Two $75,000 stakes races for 2-year-olds are held in September on the Polytrack, both at seven furlongs: the Arlington-Washington Lassie for 2-year-old fillies, and the Arlington-Washington Futurity.
The 2017 Arlington Park meet opens on May 5 and continues until September 23.