07/24/2015 1:06PM

Arlington racing office doing best to fill races


There were just 53 horses entered on Sunday’s eight-race card, and since Arlington expanded its racing week from three to four days in July, the struggle to fill races with a diminished equine population at a track with purses barely competitive in the region has grown more intense. Average starters per race was a respectable (these days) 7.61 in May and June but is down to 6.96 in July. And it is not just overnight entries: the $50,000 Springfield Stakes for Illinois-bred 3-year-olds, scheduled for Friday, got a grand total of five nominations, never had a chance to go, and was summarily scrapped.