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Arlington International Racecourse

Racing information plus notable races at Arlington

Arlington > Thoroughbred Betting

RaceTrack Info:
Live Racing Calendar:
May - September

Course Type:

Main Track:
1 mile
one-eighth dirt oval

Last Turn to Finish Line:
1,028 feet

Turf course:
7 1/2 furlongs, oval

Founded by businessman Harry D. "Curly" Brown, Arlington Park is located in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights in Illinois. The track, which continues to be a leader in Thoroughbred horse racing in the United States, opened its doors to the public in 1927, the same day, Jockey Joe Bollero, who later became a successful trainer, rode Luxembourg to victory in the first race ever run at the facility.

In addition to hosting some of the most important horse racing events in the north western, Arlington Racetrack is know for introducing a series of innovations to the horse racing industry.

The track is the first facility that installed a public-address system, first electric totalizator which allowed a credible tote board and decreased time between races, in 1933. In 1936 it added a photo finish camera. Arlington also introduced the first electric starting gate in 1940, the largest closed circuit TV system in all of sports in 1967, the trifecta wagering in 1971 and the first million dollar purse back in 1981.

Notable Races on Arlington International Racecourse:
GI Races
Arlington Million
Beverly D. Stakes
Secretariat Stakes
GII Races
American Derby