Arlington Million Debuts at Historic Churchill Downs : Official Travel Source

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Arlington Million Debuts at Historic Churchill Downs

Arlington Million Debuts at Historic Churchill Downs

Louisville horse track will host eleven live races on August 13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 5, 2022) – Historic Churchill Downs will host a special one-day Arlington Million Day program featuring eleven thoroughbred races with two dirt stakes races and two turf stakes races including the Arlington Million and the Beverly D., a Breeders' Cup Challenge Race on Saturday, August. 13.

On-track special events include a one-day, live money handicapping contest that will award horseplayers prize money and coveted berths to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge; between-race musical performances from the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle presentation stand by Louisville’s renowned rhythm and blues and jazz artist Robbie Bartlett; and special Chicago-inspired concessions, including Chicago Dog, Italian Beef Sandwich, Polish Sausage and Shaved Italian Ice.

Typically held at Arlington International Racecourse, the racing day has been moved to Churchill Downs. This year's 39th Million and Beverly D. are both at 1 1/8 miles, shorter than their distances at Arlington, a track with a larger turf course. The Arlington Million was the first Thoroughbred race to offer a purse of $1 million. Introduced in 1981 by Joe Joyce, president of Arlington Park at the time, it became a vital race on the stakes calendar, drawing some of the best horses in North America and abroad.

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