This Saturday begins the set of state-bred summer stakes races at Arlington Park. The card features a pair of sprint stakes for older horses: the Addison Cammack Memorial Handicap for open-company Illinois-breds, and the Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares. Both races will be contested at six furlongs on the polytrack, and both races have a base purse of $50,000 with another $25,000 to sweeten the pot for any horses who were both conceived and foaled in the state.
Saturday’s stakes entries read like a who’s who of Illinois-bred sprint stakes stars over the last few years, including horses like Puntsville, Dandy Gal, Recount, Goneghost, and Devileye. Read my full preview of both races at Picks and Ponderings, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!