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  •  With the Illinois Racing Board unsettled over its funding, the start of the 2014 thoroughbred racing season remains uncertain. The IRB has laid out for possibilities as it awaits funding from the state legislature to be renewed.

    Racing Board lays out best-to-worse options Sep 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Talk about hedging one's bets. That’s exactly what the Illinois Racing Board did Tuesday when it issued four alternate schedules for the upcoming 2014 thoroughbred racing season, a season that could see the live racing schedule dramatically reduced. Dramatically as in just 15 live racing dates for Hawthorne Racecourse and only 49 for Arlington International Racecourse in 2014 as part of a worst-case scenario laid out by the board, one of four proposals it presented Tuesday.

     
  • Can it really be that Bears coach Marc Trestman has no idea who Willy Wonka is?

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Minor red flag on TrestmanSep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Things have gotten off to such a strong start for Bears coach Marc Trestman, but one thing he said this week sent up the red flag. That and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  •  In Saturday's races at Arlington International, a pair of horses will be competing with names that are familiar to Blackhawks fans. Kaner and Toews, owned by the Glander family, will run in the 11th race.

    Kaner and Toews to race at Arlington Sep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Blackhawks may be conducting training camp at the University of Notre Dame this week, but that won’t stop Kaner and Toews from facing off Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse. The Kaner and Towes referred to here are not hockey superstars — they are racehorses, each in search of their first victory in the day’s 11th race (approximate post time 6 p.m.)

     
  • 2 stakes races at Arlington Saturday Sep 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    High Roll and Captain’s Affair headline a field of nine 2-year-olds for Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, while 11 juvenile fillies including Maria Maria, stakes-placed Divergent View and stakes-placed Sweetsoutherndame passed the entry box for its sister race, the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

     
  • Mike Spellman, as well as most Bears fans, would like to know what’s up with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Braun, Marshall and more Aug 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    It hasn't been the most uplifting time in sports lately, but there is planty to look forward to this holiday weekend. That and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • Will Take Charge, left, with jockey Luis Saez aboard, pulls past Moreno, with Jockey Jose L. Ortiz up, to win the Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. (AP Photo /Hans Pennink)

    Will Take Charge pulls upset in Travers Aug 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Will Take Charge waited until the final stride to get a nose past Moreno and pull off a surprise win in the Travers Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. The thrilling finish gave 77-year-old Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas his third win in racing’s Mid-Summer Derby and first since 1995, with the 9-1 Will Take Charge also beating Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

     
  •  Horse racing analyst Brian W. Spencer is joining the team at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.

    Fair Grounds hires Arlington analyst Spencer Aug 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Brian W. Spencer, a handicapping expert at Arlington International Racecourse, has been hired as the new analyst at Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans.

     
  •  Real Solution owner Kenneth L. Ramsey celebrates with jockey Alan Garcia after being announced the winner of the 2013 Arlington Million.

    Track officials vow not to repeat Million TV faux pas Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Million Day had everything going for it: beautiful day, big crowd, great racing ... too bad a glitch at the end of the television broadcast of the race put a little damper on the whole day. That and a little Bears talk and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • Rod Blagojevich

    Key ruling goes against casinosAug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    A judge in a long-running civil case has ruled decisively against riverboat casinos that claimed Illinois legislators passed laws benefiting competitors in the racetrack industry under pressure from Rod Blagojevich as the then-governor sought to cut pay-to-play deals.

     
  • America's Best Racing Ambassador Vanessa Ceron of Elgin hands out gifts to, from left, Mark Lennon, Jill Hackmaster and Scott Youngren, all of Chicago, at the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday.

    Racing group uses Million to draw Millennials to the track Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    On hand at Saturday's Arlngton Million was America's Best Racing, a group hoping to turn Millenials — 21- to 33-year-olds — into horse racing fans. John F. Cox commanded a crew passing out T-shirts and can cozies and explained the ABCs of reading a program and placing a wager. “We don't want people to be intimidated by looking at the program,” Cox said, citing a recent study that indicated horse racing was losing fans at a rate of 4 percent a year.

     
  • Four Footed photos Admiral Kitten prevailed in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park on Saturday.

    Ramsey watches three of his horses win at Arlington Million Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    After watching his horse Big Blue Kitten win Saratoga’s Grade I Sword Dancer on an in-house television monitor, owner Ken Ramsey turned his attention to the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse late Saturday afternoon. More good fortune struck as Ramsey was on hand to watch Rosie Napravnik steer Admiral Kitten to a convincing 1¼- length victory in 1¼ miles turf showcase for 3-year olds.

     
  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ There's always plenty of excitement at the Arlington Million.

    The Soapbox Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Great accomplishments and good deeds abound in the suburbs. See what Daily Herald editors think.

     
  •  Beverly D winner Dank has won five of her last 10 races.

    Dank in a runaway in Beverly D Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    It was hardly a wet nor dreary day at Arlington International Racecourse for its biggest racing day of the season. But that didn’t stop Dank, a talented 4-year-old English-bred from stealing the show in the 24th edition of $750,000 Beverly D., a 1¼-miles turf showcase for fillies and mares. Dank, traveling near the back of the nine-horse field during the early running, made a brilliant move in the stretch to win going away under jockey Ryan Moore by 4¼ lengths over 11-1 longshot Gifted Girl of Ireland.

     
  • Real Solution, in red and white, gets bumpbed in the stretch by The Apache, in yellow and blue, who was disqualified giving the victory to Real Solution in the Arlington Million during the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Arlington Million TV viewers left in dark Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    It wasn’t quite the level of the “Heidi Game” when fans didn’t get to view the Oakland Raider’s two touchdowns in the final minute to defeat the New York Jets in a 1968 NFL playoff game on NBC. But Saturday’s WGN broadcast of the Arlington Million unfortunately left viewers wondering about the official outcome when they cut away to the White Sox game before the official sign was lit.

     
  • Real Solution, in red and white, is interfered with in the stretch by The Apache, in yellow and blue, who was disqualified giving the victory to Real Solution in the Arlington Million during the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Images: Arlington International Festival of Racing Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Real Solution won the 31st Arlington Million during the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse which also included the $750,000 Beverly D and the $500,000 Secretariat.

     
  • Richard L. Duchossois presents the trophy to Real Solution owner Kenneth L. Ramsey and jockey Alan Garcia on Saturday after the 31st running of the Arlington Million.

    Arlington shines on brilliant Million Day Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    At least on this day, Illinois racing shined. The 31st running of the Arlington Million was a race worthy of The Bart and John Henry in the inaugural Million, and should serve as a reminder to Gov. Pat Quinn that Illinois horse racing matters.

     
  • Jockey Alan Garcia beams aboard Real Solution after a disqualification put them in the Arlington Million winners circle.

    Real Solution the real winner in Million Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Who would be the winner of the 31st running of the Arlington Million? Initially, it was The Apache by head, but then a head-on replay of the race was shown and suddenly the result didn't seem nearly as cut and dry. In the end it was Real Solution.

     
  • The Apache, in yellow and blue, was disqualified after interfering with the Real Solution, in red and white, giving the victory to Real Solution in the Arlington Million during the Arlington International Festival of Racing at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Real Solution wins Arlington Million after Apache DQ'dAug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Real Solution won the Arlington Million on Saturday when first-place finisher The Apache was disqualified to second for bumping Real Solution three times in the final 200 yards.

     
  • This photo released by Benoit Photo shows Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix, and Gary Stevens, right, holding off Dhaamer and Julien Leparoux for victory in the Grade III $100,000 Sunset Handicap Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Betfair Hollywood Park, Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/ Benoit Photo)

    Jockey Stevens primed and ready for Million Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Hall of Fame riding career. A silky smooth segue into film and television. A comeback at age 50 after seven years out of the saddle that has included a win aboard 15-longshot Oxbow in the Preakness — the kind of stuff not even top Hollywood script writers could conjure up. Face it; Gary Stevens is a star.

     
  •  Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix is the morningline favorite for the $750,000 Beverly D at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Can Marketing Mix post a Beverly D win? Aug 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    That little 9-year-old boy you used to see wearing a suit and tie in the early 1990s at Arlington International Racecourse hasn’t changed his wardrobe.And he is still coming to the Arlington oval. Except now, instead of following every move of his grandfather, Craig Bernick is following in his footsteps. Elite thoroughbred owner Leonard Lavin, the founder of Alberto-Culver Co., used to bring his grandson to the races to watch his star thoroughbreds race in the 1990s. In 2008, the 93-year-old Leonard turned his operation over to his grandson. Bernick is now president and chief executive officer of Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., and he will be at Arlington International Racecourse with stable hero Marketing Mix, the 2-1 morningline favorite in the 24th running of the Grade 1 $750,000 Beverly D.

     
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