05/29/2016 5:35PM

Arlington eliminates pair of Grade 3 stakes


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Arlington Park eliminated three stakes and trimmed the purse of two others in a cost-cutting move quietly made last week.

Gone from the initially published 2016 stakes schedule are the $100,000 Washington Park Handicap, the $100,000 Arlington Oaks, and the $75,000 Arlington Sprint. The Washington Park and the Arlington Oaks are Grade 3 races, and since neither was run in 2015 both will lose their grade in 2017, according to North American Graded Stakes Committee rules. The Washington Park dates to 1926 and was won by such luminaries as Spectacular Bid, Dr. Fager, Round Table, Swaps, and Coaltown.

The purse for the Modesty and Arlington handicaps on Million Preview day were trimmed $25,000 each to $125,000, and Arlington’s purse account saves $400,000 through the changes.

Tony Petrillo, Arlington’s general manager, said lower-than-expected betting on Arlington races necessitated the cuts.

 “Handle was a little soft throughout May,” Petrillo said.

JERRY 2929 More than 1 year ago
may be handle down from all the  off  tracks shut down in ILL. ???
Wayne Gunter More than 1 year ago
I guess that's all I have to say about that,
Wayne Gunter More than 1 year ago
It Is a shame what politics has done to Arlington and Hollywood Park!!?  Sea Biscuit, Citation, and Whirlaway are waiting for your lame excuse and Eddie Arcaro and Bill Shoemaker turned over in their graves!
Wayne Gunter More than 1 year ago
A few years ago Arlington Park was the place to race in the summer time. Secretariat, Alydar and the best horse that ever looked thru a bridle won @ Arlington. Also Cigar, and John Henry and a slew of great Turf Horses won the Arllington Million!!

Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
There was a time I used to bet Arlington. That was years ago. Now with the synthetic track and small fields, I just don't pay attention to Illinois racing.
anastasiyaplak3 More than 1 year ago
Robert Potter More than 1 year ago
A shame to let the Washington Park Handicap go. But then again, since the installation of polytrack, the race has become more or less a joke. The proud dirt history of the race,along with it's stellar list of winners could only snicker and sneer at the  dubious winners since polytrack.
Wayne Gunter More than 1 year ago
I don't believe the poly track is the major factor. U can run for   Double @ iIndiana

Eleanor Sniegowski More than 1 year ago
Hey Tony your a little soft if you expect true horseplayers who study the form to bet on the cards you put together.I want the Kassens and Von Hemmels back  and let the Slagers and Perezs go up to Cantebury.