Updated on 09/17/2011 10:46AM

Back to old times


Its 2003 dates request approved Tuesday by the Illinois Racing Board, Arlington Park announced the stakes schedule for its upcoming season. Arlington had moved its meet forward on the calendar the last two years in order to host the 2002 Breeders' Cup, but now returns to its more traditional dates, from May through September. The reversion means a revamping of the stakes schedule, which had been tailored to fit a June-through-October season.

Affected by the dates switch is the Washington Park Handicap, which was used as a Breeders' Cup Classic prep last year. This season, the $400,000 Washington Park will be held July 19. Also moving from fall to early summer is the Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile.

In all, Arlington will have 29 stakes worth $5,575,000 in purses. There is one new stakes, the $75,000 Real Delight on May 31. Arlington Million Day this year is Aug. 16. It includes the Million, the $700,000 Beverly D., and the $400,000 Secretariat.

Arlington will continue featuring multi-stakes days like Million Preview Day July 26 and the Illinois-bred Prairie State Festival on June 21.

Arlington's 104-day 2003 season runs from May 9 to Sept. 27.

2003 Arlington Park stakes schedule

Sat., May 10Black Tie Affair Handicap3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles$100,00
Sat., May 31Real Delight Stakes3YO F6 Furlongs75,000
Sat., June 14Chicago BC Hcp.(G3)F&M 3YO & Up7 Furlongs175,000
Sun., June 15Sea O'Erin BC Mile3YO & Up1 Mile (T)150,000
Sat., June 21Purple Violet Stakes3YO F*1 Mile75,000
Springfield Stakes3YO*1 Mile75,000
Isaac Murphy HandicapF&M 3YO & Up*6 Furlongs75,000
White Oak Handicap3YO & Up*6 Furlongs75,000
Lincoln Heritage HandicapF&M 3YO & Up*1 1/16 Miles (T)75,000
Cardinal Handicap3YO & Up*1 1/16 Miles (T)75,000
Sat., June 28Arlington Classic (G2)3YO1 1/16 Miles (T)175,000
Sun., June 29Hanshin Cup (G3)3YO & Up1 Mile100,000
Sat., July 5Stars & Stripes BC Turf (G3)3YO & Up1 1/2 Miles200,000
Sat., July 19Washington Park Hcp. (G2)3YO & Up1 3/16 Miles400,000
Sun., July 20American Derby (G2)3YO1 3/16 Miles (T)250,000
Sat., July 26Arlington Handicap (G3)3YO & Up1 1/4 Miles (T)250,000
Modesty Handicap (G3)F&M 3YO & Up1 3/16 Miles (T)150,000
Round Table Stakes 3YO1 1/8 Miles100,000
Sat., Aug. 9Singapore Plate (G3) 3YO F1 1/8 Miles100,000
Fri., Aug. 15Estrapade HandicapF&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T)75,000
Sat., Aug. 16Secretariat Stakes (G1)3YO1 1/4 Miles (T)400,000
Beverly D. (G1)F&M 3YO & Up1 3/16 Miles (T)700,000
Arlington Million (G1) 3YO & Up1 1/4 Miles (T)1,000,000
Sat., Aug. 23Arlington Sprint3YO & Up6 Furlongs100,000
Sun., Aug. 24Windy City Dash (G3) 3YO & Up [AQHA]400 Yards50,000
Mon., Sept. 1Arlington Matron Hcp. (G3)F&M 3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles150,000
Sat., Sept. 13Pucker Up Stakes (G3)3YO F1 1/8 Miles (T)175,000
Sat., Sept. 27Arl-Wash Lassie (G3)2YO F1 Mile100,000
Sat., Sept. 27Arl-Wash Futurity (G3)2YO1 Mile 150,000

*Restricted to Illinois-breds