Arlington Park in Illinois, often celebrated as the most scenic racetrack in America, has become a favored summer hotspot for horse racing enthusiasts and friends looking to revel in the thrilling spectacle of horse racing.
Along with hosting the breathtaking sport, the venue also offers an array of stunning facilities suitable for various events, be it corporate gatherings, family reunions, or even weddings.
There was always a celebration in the air, be it the Miller Lite Party, the exhilarating Saturday's Miller Lite Horses & Hops, or the family-friendly Sunday events sponsored by the Daily Herald.
About Arlington Park in Illinois
With a history extending over 90 years, Arlington Park racetrack in Illinois first opened its gates on October 13, 1927, becoming a vibrant hub for thoroughbred racing.
On its opening day, despite the cold weather, the racetrack witnessed a footfall of over 20,000 spectators, marking the beginning of an era. The track remained resilient during the trials of World War II and the Great Depression, flourishing during the Golden Age of Racing.
In 1981, Arlington Park had the privilege of hosting the first ever Million Dollar Race — The Arlington Million — worldwide. The inaugural race was won by the horse John Henry, ridden by jockey Bill Shoemaker, and their victory is commemorated by a statue. John Henry holds a unique record as the only horse to win this race twice, with his second victory coming in 1984.
In 2002, the racetrack was the venue for the first Breeders' Cup Thoroughbred Championships in the Midwest, with an impressive turnout of 46,118 enthusiasts.
By 2007, Arlington introduced the innovative Polytrack surface, becoming the first track in the Midwest, and fifth in the US, to adopt a synthetic horse racing surface. Over the years, this track has witnessed some of the best riders, trainers, and thoroughbreds.
Arlington Park's journey continues as the Chicago Bears acquired the site with plans to erect a new NFL stadium, promising top-tier sports and superior customer service in the Chicago metropolitan region, and potentially launching a leading IL sportsbook.
What types of gambling does Arlington Park offer?
Arlington Park extends two main betting options to its visitors.
Horse race betting in Illinois is an integral part of the Arlington Park experience. With advancements in technology, punters can place their bets either online or at the racetrack.
When betting, “Win” signifies first place, “place” signifies second, and “show” denotes third. There are also "win/place/show" bets, which have a slightly different meaning.