The babies are back in action Saturday at Arlington!
In Episode 268 of Chicago Race of the Day, we dive into the Arlington 6th. It’s a baby race, six furlongs on the polytrack, that drew a full field of ten. That field features eight first-time starters, so there’s a lot of pedigree to think about.
Chicago Race of the Day loves two-year-olds, and for Episode 267, we dive into a turf mile maiden special weight for juvenile fillies! The race features mostly first-time starters — five of the nine! — though one of the experienced ones is a horse I’ve had a circle around for a while for a race exactly like this.
The weather is beautiful this week, so let’s stay on the lawn! Thursday’s third race at Arlington is an allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares, going five furlongs on the turf. There are a couple of runners taking an interesting class drop, which we talk about, and then we sketch out how the race is going to set up.
For Episode 265 of Chicago Race of the Day, let’s dive into the sixth race: an open maiden special weight turf dash. Though the field lacks first-time starters, it also doesn’t have any career maidens, either. It’s an interesting and competitive group for this level, and looks to be a spot where the pace can make the race.
For the last episode we looked at the two-year-olds, so for Episode 264 of Chicago Race of the Day, we look at a salty starter race with several of my local favourites. Let’s dive into the first race on Saturday, September 4 at Arlington. If the race holds together there’s a longshot who looks interesting…and even if he scratches for another spot, there’s no reason to take the favorite here.
You know Chicago Race of the Day loves two-year-old races. Saturday is the best day of two-year-old racing all season at Arlington, with a pair of juvenile stakes races, the Arlington-Washington Lassie and the Arlington-Washington Futurity.
Episode 263 delves into a competitive, eleven-horse edition of the Arlington-Washington Lassie featuring a mix of impressive winners, improving maidens, and even a pair of first-time starters from a barn who has done interesting things with a two-year-old firster in this particular spot.
Who can win the Lassie? Who are the interesting price horses? Let’s find out!
For Episode 262 of Chicago Race of the Day, let’s return to the maiden ranks, but for older horses this time! It’s a seven-furlong maiden special weight on the main track for fillies aged three and up. Nine horses entered, including one first-time starter and many who are trying either seven furlongs, polytrack, or both for the first time.
I discuss form and pedigree, including one of my favorite sire angles, so let’s dive in!
There’s a race I’ve been hoping to see for most of the meet, and it’s finally here: Thursday’s Arlington 8th is a top-shelf allowance going the one-turn mile on polytrack. There’s a horse who I’ve had marked in my head for a race like this, and not only did the race go, but the horse I hoped to see in such a race has entered.
In Episode 261 of Chicago Race of the Day, let’s take a look!
Episode 260 of Chicago Race of the Day returns to two-year-olds. In this main-track sprint, carded as Wednesday’s 2nd, we get to zoom in on one of those fundamentally Illinois angles. He’s a sire whose babies I virtually always take a shot with first-time out, especially when they come out for a particular barn.
Find out that angle, and learn about the best sire in the state, in today’s Chicago Race of the Day!
Episode 259 of Chicago Race of the Day returns to the ranks of more experienced horses, with an allowance optional claiming sprint! One of the neatest local horses of last year is back for his first start since last December, and I’m excited to see him back. So, that’s a great reason to talk about his race…and scratch our heads over some scratch scenarios, as it turns out.
Episode 258 of Chicago Race of the Day moves to the main track, cuts back to one turn…but stays with the two-year-old division! Friday’s 2nd at Arlington is a maiden special weight for juveniles. The field of seven includes five first-time starters, including some really nice synthetic-track pedigrees.
For Episode 254 of Chicago Race of the Day, we look at a first of the meet: the first two-year-old race in Chicago going two turns! A field of seven lines up for this turf mile, including a strong second-place finisher from recently as well as some mew faces with interesting and exciting pedigrees, even for the grass! So, let’s dive in and get to know these maidens!
For Episode 253 of Chicago Race of the Day, we return to some familiar Chicago horses. It’s a beaten $5,000 claiming polytrack sprint with some of the hardest-knocking horses we have here in Chicago. Let’s dive in, figure out the conditions, their form, and the likely pace scenario, and zoom in on a horse who looks to get a very strong setup.
First the Mister D. Stakes., then the Beverly D. Stakes. And, now? Episode 255 of Chicago Race of the Day moves on to the Bruce D. Stakes, the race formerly known as the Secretariat. It is a Grade 1 race for three-year-olds, going a mile on the grass. The race drew a field of nine, all of whom are trying to move forward in the turf division.
This could lead to chaos; this race is one of the most confounding betting affairs I’ve seen in a stakes race in some time. So, let’s dive in!