05/04/2016 2:20PM

Meet opens with higher purses, more stakes


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – There will be ostrich, camel, and zebra racing during opening weekend at Arlington, and it would almost be too easy to talk about how appropriate that is on a Chicago horse-racing circuit that has often resembled a circus. But the horses, too, are back at Arlington, which launches a 74-day race meet Friday.