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Arlington Park Track Facts

  • Address: 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
  • Phone: (847) 385-7500 
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  • Main Track (Polytrack Synthetic Dirt): 1 & 1/8 mile dirt oval
  • Turf Track: 1 mile

Arlington International Racecourse is home to some of the biggest highlights of thoroughbred racing in the Midwest every season. Arlington’s live racing season currently runs from the first Friday in May to the second to last Saturday in September.

Handicapping Arlington Park Bets

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 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

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. 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, to help take the guesswork out of selections.

History of Arlington Park

Opened in 1927, the Arlington Park Race Track has been home to some of history’s biggest names, including John Henry, Cigar, Dr. Fager, and Secretariat. Combining elegance and tradition, Arlington Park has been host to many of racing’s biggest innovations: the first all-electric totalisator, the first commercially sponsored race, and the world’s first million-dollar Thoroughbred race (the Arlington Million, first run 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 1985 Arlington Million is known as the “Miracle Million” after the track was nearly destroyed by fire less than a month before the signature event. Racing from May to September, the Arlington Park Race Track is home to some of America’s finest turf races (the Beverly D., Secretariat, American Derby), as well as two of the first real tests for young horses in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie.

In 2021, Arlington will host 68 live race days, with opening weekend featuring the Kentucky Oaks (April 30, 2021) and the Kentucky Derby (May 1, 2021), and will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

The synthetic surface at Arlington Park is Polytrack, which is comprised of several layers: perforated drainage pipes covered in dirt, then dense grade aggregate, clean stone, porous macadam (asphalt), about seven inches of compact Polytrack, then finally three inches of loose Polytrack.