01/29/2013 4:27PM

Arlington Park trims stakes schedule by $300K

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Arlington’s 2013 stakes schedule, which was released Tuesday, nearly mirrors the 2012 schedule, with one fewer stakes race scheduled this year and a reduction of $300,000 in stakes purses.

2012, Arlington hosted 26 stakes worth $5.8 million; this year, there are 25 stakes worth a total of $5.5 million. Two $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes were dropped from the schedule, and the Arlington-Washington Lassie, which lost its Grade 3 status, took a purse cut of $50,000 down to $100,000. Six Illinois-bred stakes in June were trimmed to $100,000 this year from $125,000. One race, the Arlington Classic, had its purse boosted for 2013, from $125,000 to $150,000, while a new stakes, the $75,000 Hatoof – run as an overnight stakes in recent seasons – was added to the Arlington Million Day program.

The 2013 Million will be held Aug. 17, keeping its same spot on the calendar. Supporting the Million are the $750,000 Beverly D., the $500,000 Secretariat, the $400,000 American St. Leger – which was introduced to modest reviews in 2012 – and the Hatoof.

As usual, open stakes are few and far between during the meet’s early portion, with Arlington – as per the strategy of its parent company, Churchill Downs Incorporated – loading the schedule with multi-stakes days. The first comes May 25, when the card includes the Hanshin, the Matron, and the Arlington Classic for the first time; there is not another open stakes at the meet until the Chicago Handicap on June 29.

Million Preview Day, which includes the Arlington Handicap, the Modesty, the American Derby, and the Stars and Stripes, is scheduled for July 13 in 2013.

* An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the Arlington Classic had its purse reduced by $25,000 for 2013.

taj More than 1 year ago
Great track to watch the races. Too bad the product is inferior. Generally, 75-80% of their cards consist of maidens and cheap claimers (mostly conditioned).The State refuses to allow slots at IL tracks thus worsening the situation.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Maybe they could cut the artificial/taped crowd noise on the simulcasts of the races. It tends to cheapen an already subpar product.
Place More than 1 year ago
I love the 5 horse fields they have.
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
Good luck to Arlington Park and its fans. I enjoy follwoing and visiting Arlington. I hate to see the purse reductions as the field quality will drop due to fewer ship ins.
hadrian More than 1 year ago
Perhaps if CDI put as much energy and effort into their racing product at Arlington Park as they do to sticking to Hawthorne via the races date disputes and leaving the Illinois Derby out of the Derby campaign....they'd be in a better position. Karma??
Dan Obie More than 1 year ago
I've been going to AP for 15+ years and their stakes schedule still baffles me. There's only two days that are exciting at all to the average player: Million Preview Day and Million Day. If they were to separate the three G1s to three different weekends in August the races wouldn't be swallowed up into each other.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Wonderful track from a patron stand point, pitty what IL racing has become. Just a pitty.
jttf More than 1 year ago
churchill is treating illinois pretty badly. the AP synthetic racing is boring.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Just like Barnum and Bailey. CDI has their show on the road.
Alec Abruzzo More than 1 year ago
The St. Ledger is a joke they should use the 400k and make four 100k stakes. The month of no open stakes is an absolute joke