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  Worth a (Arlington) Million!     

2020 Update

Arlington Park Arlington Park conducts one of the premier racing sites in the United States. It has a purse structure of 35, trailing it's neighbors to the south in Indiana and barely on par with Prairie Meadows in Iowa. It just shows how the game is changing, that a track as steeped in tradition has to fight the new racino kids to stay alive.

Arlington Park Arlington Park  Established in 1927 it has had as stormy a past as a Chicago politician. It has survived the great depression, been burnt to the ground, gone out of business, been named, renamed and gone back to it's original handle. After all that it is reborn under the banner of Churchill Downs Inc. and goes on to host the Breeders Cup in 2002.

 Arlington Park is also home to the first million dollar race contested in the United States The Arlington Million. Over the years Arlington has hosted many of the top horses and jockeys in the sport. One of those Earlie Fires the undisputed king of the Chicago circuit rode 2,886 of his 6,470 wins at Arlington Park.

In 2011 Arlington Park conducted it's usual summer meet highlighted again by the Arlington Million which was won by Cape Blanco who was the favorite. In the jockey rankings, James Graham came away with the riding title. Racing is on tap for 2012.

2020 Update

Arlington Park caused a bit of a stir, when it declined to apply for a state gaming license. Whether or not Churchill Downs, who owns Arlington Park is playing hardball with the state over having to contribute casino profits for purses, it could put the future of racing at Arlington in jeopardy for 2022. Interested parties would like to see Churchill Downs, sell it to someone who would operate it as a racino.