The Arlington Park Racecourse is a race track that is located in Illinois, Chicago near the Illinois Route 53 expressway. Horse racing is a popular sport in the city, which is the reason why it boasted of more than six racecourses at one point in time.
Arlington Park Racecourse is said to be one of the most beautiful tracks in America, where the racing began in October 1927. In 1973, it organised a race for three year olds. In 1981, the place hosted the first million-dollar race that the world had ever witnessed, known as the Arlington Million. The place experienced a massive fire in 1985 that ended up destroying the entire facility. The crew worked hard to restore the place and the Miracle Million took place on the tracks of Arlington Park that was watched by more than 35,000 people. In 1986, the racecourse had a 13-day long International Festival of Racing in August and September.
A six story Grandstand was built in the Arlington Park resources over a course of 19 months and it reopened in 1989 with a new concept that gave the world a number of world class thoroughbreds, jockeys, as well as trainers. In 2000, the place opened up after shutting down for two years and a few months later, the Churchill Downs Incorporated purchased the track.
The place had the honor of being the first track featuring a synthetic racing surface and hosted the 2002 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at their track.
Physical Attributes of Arlington Park Racecourse
The track stretches to one mile, constituting turf as well as a dirt oval. Due to the constant renovation and expansion, the place can now accommodate up to 50,000 people and around 2,000 horses.