03/21/2012 1:12PM

Arlington adds overnight stakes to meet

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Arlington Park on Tuesday released an overnight stakes schedule for its 2012 race meet consisting of 11 races worth a total of $725,000.

Recent seasons have seen the virtual elimination of overnight stakes from the Arlington meet, but the release of millions of dollars of casino impact fees to the state’s racing industry has boosted purse accounts enough that Arlington can offer a fairly comprehensive program this season.

Nine of the stakes will offer a $65,000 purse, while two others on the Aug. 18 Arlington Million card will be worth $70,000. There are three overnight stakes for 3-year-olds on the main track, a division lacking racing opportunities on the regular stakes program, and two overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Back on the Arlington schedule after an absence of a couple years are prep races for 2-year-olds pointing for the Arlington-Washington Lassie and the Arlington-Washington Futurity.