LET'S GO TO THE RACES - ARLINGTON MILLION

Ann_MareeAnn_Maree Member

The 31st running of the Arlington Million is this Saturday. Three Grade 1 races are part of the Saturday extravaganza. In addition, there is a Grade 1 at Del Mar, along with two Grade 1 races overseas.

Check out all of the action at my blog: http://letsgototheraces.blogspot.com/2013/08/aug-16-18.html

Watch the very first running when John Henry beat The Bart by a nose in a photo finish 1981:

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  • In that first Arlington Million, John Henry led the race for one small stride, and it was right on the wire. A classic race for sure.
  • Just an aside, I was at the great John Henry's last race at the Meadowlands. I remember watching him in the first Arlington Million live on TV and followed his career. Was very fortunate to have seen him and to have seen him race. Really wanted him to win his last race and I didn't leave the track disappointed.

    JH was the Arlington Million. I can't ever watch that race every year without thinking about him.

  • Just an aside, I was at the great John Henry's last race at the Meadowlands. I remember watching him in the first Arlington Million live on TV and followed his career. Was very fortunate to have seen him and to have seen him race. Really wanted him to win his last race and I didn't leave the track disappointed.

    JH was the Arlington Million. I can't ever watch that race every year without thinking about him.
    Lucky you, Slewpy! I wish I had been into the sport back then....John Henry and Sunday Silence remind me of each other....their personalities were defined as "mean", but they both had hard-scrabble beginnings and each had to fight for everything they got. They say John was claustrophobic, accounting for some of his orneriness and his habit of stomping his feed buckets left in his stall. Sunday got the chance to make history with his success at stud in Japan, having the "last laugh" on all of the U.S. breeders who turned their backs on him.
  • How about them Ramseys yesterday!! Three Grade 1 wins in one day! Amazing:


  • Other races over the weekend include the terrific win of NO NAY NEVER, a Wesley Ward trainee, ridden by David Flores (Z's first jockey), and who won the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in France earlier Sunday. He's a two-year old who successfully ran at Royal Ascot in the Norfolk Stakes. The Coolmore group bought a majority interest after Royal Ascot, and have kept Wesley Ward as the trainer. NNN has now won in three countries. Haven't heard what his next start might be and if he will stay overseas or return to U.S. for a campaign as a three year old.

  • More on John Henry: Amanda Duckworth wrote a great article for ESPN about her experiences as a young girl going to journalism school and working at the Kentucky Horse Park, with considerable contact with John Henry. A very sweet article...be sure to peruse the comments, remembrances of the great gelding.

    http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/9571348/john-henry-race
  • KetaKeta Member
    Overseas Horses Start Arriving for Million Day
    HorseRacingNation.com August 10, 2014
    Eight European contestants for the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse have arrived on the grounds and are currently in quarantine with an expected release on Tuesday. Arriving first via an Air France flight at 8:35 p.m. on Saturday was the French contingent of the Niarchos Family's Smoking Sun and Augustin Stable's Sparking Beam. Smoking Sun is pointing toward the Grade I Arlington Million and expected to be one of the favorites, while Sparkling Beam is a slight outsider aimed toward the Grade I Beverly D.
    Arriving via a Qatar Airlines flight at 5:00 a.m. was the English shipment. Team Valor International's sophomore Euro Charline and Qatar Racing's Just the Judge - both expected for the Beverly D. - joined a third filly in Listed $400,000 American St. Leger contestant Moment in Time. Three older horses, including Mick and Janice Mariscotti's Havana Beat, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock's Dandino and Pearl Bloodstock's Side Glance, were also on the flight. Havana Beat and defending champion Dandino are expected to join Moment in Time in the American St. Leger, while Side Glance will have a second consecutive go in the Million.
    The final flight - from Ireland - is expected to arrive late Tuesday evening and contain the Ballydoyle-based Coolmore contingent of trainer Aiden O'Brien. Eye of The Storm, Belisarius, Adelaide and Million favorite Magician are expected on such.
    http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/Overseas_Horses_Start_Arriving_for_Million_Day_123#
  • KetaKeta Member
    Excellent article-lengthy worth read! Profiles on each horse. Keta

    Aidan O'Brien with strong charge (Magician)
    Brisnet August 14, 2014
    Three years ago, Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien sent Irish classic winner Cape Blanco over for the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Arlington Million, kick-starting a three-race American campaign which resulted in an Eclipse Award for the Galileo colt as the nation's leading turf male.
    There are no firm plans for Magician, also a son of Galileo, ahead of Saturday's renewal of the 1 ¼-mile fixture at Arlington, but the similarities between he and Cape Blanco are there. Competitive but unsuccessful in several of Europe's leading events this spring and summer, Magician will try and turn things around on U.S. soil against six rivals.
    http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/11288447/2014-arlington-million-preview
  • Hey! I found an Arlington Million thread. Cool! Now I can ask all sorts of really, really dumb questions. Keep in mind this is my first horse race ever. So I have a good excuse for my stupidity. :p (as you are reading all these questions, please remember - no twitching allowed)

    Starting with - If I want to place a bet on each of the races, can I just bet on who comes in first? (so far, since Chrome is out, I'm picking Seek Again if he runs) How much (or, in my case) how LITTLE can I bet? Can I bet more than one horse to win the same race on separate tickets? I have NO idea how to pick/bet the Win-Place-Show thing. What happens if a person picks the right first place horse, but gets the other two wrong? Does it count for something, anyway? Or, what if a person picks the three top finishers, but not in the right order?

    And that's just to start.
  • Yes, you can place a bet on a horse to win. For simple bets, there is usually a $2 minimum. For exactas and trifectas (that is, getting the first two and first three finishers in order, respectively) the minimum is usually $1. Most tracks offer a $0.10 superfecta.

    You can place bets on as many horses as you want in any race. They don't all have to be the same bet, either. For instance, you could place a show bet on horse #3 and a win bet on horse #4.

    Simple bets: A "Win" bet means that you collect if your horse comes in first. "Place" means you win if the horse comes in first or second. "Show" means you collect if the horse comes in first, second, or third. "Across the board" means that you are placing a win, a place, and a show bet on the horse. Note, this is three bets, not one, so $2 across the board will cost you $6.

    In an exacta, you pick the first two horses in order. In a trifecta you pick the first three in order, and in a superfecta you pick the first four in order. You can "box" your picks, in which case your horses can come in in either order. For example, if I put horse #4 and horse #6 in an exacta, they must finish first and second in the order that I state for me to collect. If I box them, then the order doesn't matter--if one finishes first and the other finishes second, I win. I can include as many horses as I want in my box, but I will have to pay more as each possible combination is a single bet. Some tracks offer a quinella, which is like an exacta box but is considered one bet. There are also bets that run across several races; they have names like "pick three." You may want to try your hand at an exotic bet, or you may want to stick to the simple stuff.

    Decide which horse(s) you want to bet on, what kind of bet(s) and how much before you go to the betting window. Have cash in hand (yes, they make change). When it's your turn, say the track name, the race number, the amount you are betting, the type of bet, and the horse's program number. (If you don't give the track name, they'll assume it's the track where you are.) So for example, you'd say, "Arlington, race 5, $2 to win on 8." Don't give the horse's name. Also note that is some cases the program number is different than the gate position. Always use program number.

    Speaking of the program, programs always have a guide to betting, with definitions, instructions on reading past performances, instructions on how to place a bet, and usually a chart that tells you how much certain bets will cost. Many tracks also have handicappers who can help beginners, and many offer betting seminars prior to the first race. Some tracks have windows especially for beginners who may be slow or unsure.

    Most track websites have a "betting 101" page, and there many other sites that teach you how to bet. Here's one:
    http://horseracebetting.org/

    As for deciding what horse(s) to pick, that is a whole 'nother ball of wax. Reams have been written on the subject. I'm a bad handicapper, so I won't offer you any advice other than to say that it's OK for the casual, cheap bettor to pick the prettiest horse, or the one whose name you like best, or only the greys, or what have you. I assume you're not planning to blow a wad of cash and don't really need to win.
  • Thank you again, Laura! I think I understood your explanation for the simpler bets, but that other stuff gets complicated. I will re-read it a few times until it finally sinks into my old brain. I do believe I will invest in a program when I get there, and use the beginners window. And, yes, I plan on betting the 'pretty' horses.... and not spend more than $10, total. (that's my limit at casino penny slots, too) LOL. I do APPRECIATE all the time you take helping me understand this new stuff. I sure plan on having fun that day, even if the prettiest of them all, Chromie, isn't running.
  • KMMKMM Member
    Ask Tincup. He is the real better here I think. Although check with the winners in betting game.
  • Thank you again, Laura! I think I understood your explanation for the simpler bets, but that other stuff gets complicated. I will re-read it a few times until it finally sinks into my old brain. I do believe I will invest in a program when I get there, and use the beginners window. And, yes, I plan on betting the 'pretty' horses.... and not spend more than $10, total. (that's my limit at casino penny slots, too) LOL. I do APPRECIATE all the time you take helping me understand this new stuff. I sure plan on having fun that day, even if the prettiest of them all, Chromie, isn't running.
    You're welcome. It's been fun, actually.
  • tincuptincup Member
    Lizzie still plays the grey...some things never go away. When there's nothing to use I always trust pedigree. It's no sure thing, but can provide large payouts.
  • tincuptincup Member
    Oh...and Mary...kmm is right about everyone that plays the race game every week. They are pretty good and take turns having big weeks. If you had the list of picks for that weekend, and many of that days races will be on the card, l don't doubt you'd have some winners.
  • Good advice from @tincup.

    One more thing--if you need reading glasses, bring them. The lettering on the program past performances is small and cramped, as they are trying to convey a lot of information in a small space.
  • tincup - the way I plan to bet would probably make you pull your hair out! :D

    For the Secretariat Stakes, my three top choices are - World Approval (he's a pretty grey horse and he's owned by a lady) and Medley Chic (a pretty chestnut, and I do love those chestnuts, although he's very lightly raced) and War Dispatch (another grey horse!) Why? Well, I like their names. What other reason could there be?

    For the Arlington Million, my top three choices are - Triple Threat. He's VERY pretty, almost black. Then Quiet Force and Custom Cut. Again, I like their names. I just can't get behind horses with dumb names, like Big Blue Kitten and Up with the Birds or The Pizza Man, even though they may very well be the 'best bets'.

    So, after reading Laura's instructions, if those horses DO run, I will pick World Approval and Triple Threat and bet a Win-Place-Show on both of them, for a total of $12.00 wasted! LOL!!!

    I warned you about my newbie-ness making you twitch!
  • This thread has been fun to read! Good luck, @MaryFromMichigan, and have a blast! :)
  • edited July 2015
    Laura - if I didn't wear my glasses, I wouldn't be able to tell the horse from the jockey. :D

    Thank you, sarinne. I'm looking forward to going. :)
  • tincuptincup Member
    I like world approval, always have. And without any looking, which I'll do after post, I'm guessing war dispatch is a war front. If true, I would certainly use. Love war fronts...
  • I kind of like the name Up With The Birds, since that is how folks on the backstretch live their lives. ITA about The Pizza Man, though. Poor horse. I hope he has a good barn name, at least.
  • tincuptincup Member
    Ok...now you got me...racing in France, for rouget...out of an unbridled mare. I'm all in. Fun.
  • tincup - Now I see another new entry in the Secretariat Stakes, and THIS horse hits ALL my qualifications! Force the Pass! He's a chestnut with white markings! He's got Secretariat back in his bloodlines! He's got a good name, and he's USA owned! He's my new Number One. (can you tell I'm fickle?)
  • tincuptincup Member
    Lizzie likes...force the pass...very much. Speightstown is one of her very favorite sires. See it's fun...I like the way you pick.
  • edited July 2015
    List is out for the Beverly D. My choice? MANGO DIVA. A filly with Secretariat in her pedigree. I don't see ANY USA horses running in this race. All European owned horses. I wonder why?

    Also, does EVERY race horse have Northern Dancer in his/her background? It sure looks that way! He must have been a busy, busy, busy horsey.
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