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Arlington Park

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Arlington Park History

Arlington Park began its history of thoroughbred horse racing on 13 October 1927, on an unforgettably cold day. An excess of 20,000 fans eagerly entered the gates to Arlington Park "the most beautiful track in America?, to commemorate this day in equestrian history.

It thrived throughout the Golden Era of Racing after enduring the Great Depression and World War II, and in 1981, it became the first race track in the world to host a million dollar race, known as The Arlington Million. This momentous occasion was frozen in time and cast in a bronze statue aptly named "Against All Odds". It's exhibited at the top of the Paddock, and depicts jockey Bill Shoemaker riding John Henry to victory, honoring this foundational million dollar race.

On 31 July 1985, what started out as a small fire, ultimately brought Arlington Park to its knees, as it spread wildly through the grandstand, unleashing its rage right through the park. The true devastation of the fire only became apparent once it had simmered to smoldering ash.

Determined to host the fifth Arlington Million, it was decided to stage the race on 25 August 1985, making use of marquees and provisional stands. Scores of men worked in shifts throughout the night, determined to rise to the challenge, and in a collective bid of human might and muscle, the "Miracle Million" was staged by pure tenacity. The Arlington team's efforts weren't to go unnoticed, and they were rewarded with the Eclipse Award. This was the first to be honored to a racetrack.

In September 1987, Arlington closed its gates to its loyal supporters for 19 months, while it completed the erection of its new grandstand. During this time, Arlington once again spearheaded a milestone, by relocating the Million VIII in 1988 to Woodbine Racecourse outside of Toronto, Ontario. Moving a key graded stakes race to another country was to be a first in the racing fraternity.

On 28 June 1989, it welcomed its loyal supporter's back into its gates, presenting them with its new structure, and the launch of its new image - Arlington International Racecourse.

Arlington Park Contact Info

Phone: +847 385 7500

Fax: +847 385 7251

Website: www.arlingtonpark.com

Email: track@arlingtonpark.com

Physical Address: 2200 W. Euclid
Arlington Heights, IL 60006
PPostal Address: PO Box 7 Arlington Heights, IL 60006

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