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Arlington Million Day at Arlington Park in Photos

Hardest Core Million 615 X 400 HC
Photo: Heidi E. Carpenter

 

Two decades after Chicago burned in 1871, the White City of the Chicago World's Fair was erected. Built on the edge of Lake Michigan, the grandeur and status of the buildings within the White City served two purposes: to awe visitors from around the world and to quietly declare that Chicago had completely recovered from the great fire.


Like the ethereal buildings that graced the lake shore of Chicago 121 years ago, Arlington Park's current grandstand served two purposes upon completion in 1989: to awe visitors from around the world and to declare that the racecourse had fully recovered from the devastating fire that destroyed the old grandstand and clubhouse in 1985.


And after 25 years, Arlington's stately white grandstand continues to serve both purposes.

 

 

 

 

The excitement of Million Day 2014 begins as Lafranco "Frankie" Dettori wins a maiden race aboard Luck of the Kitten.

 

Dettori performs the fabled "Dettori dismount" for owner Ken Ramsey.

 

Annulment (7), Javier Castellano up, wins Division I of the Hatoof Stakes.

 

I Got It All wins an overnight stakes (the Straight Line) under Channing Hill.

 

The appropriately-named Eye of the Storm (IRE) in the paddock before the American St. Leger, Ryan Moore up.

 

Big Kick leads the field the first time by the grandstand in the American St. Leger.

 

Local favorite The Pizza Man captures the American St. Leger under Florent Geroux. Last year's winner, Dandino (GB), finishes second under Frankie Dettori.

 

The American St. Leger winner's circle.

 

Adelaide (IRE), Ryan Moore up, in the post parade for the Secretariat Stakes (Gr. I).

 

Tourist, a son of Tiznow, leads the Secretariat field under Joel Rosario.

 

Adelaide and connections in the winner's circle for the Secretariat Stakes.

 

Somali Lemonade in the paddock prior to the Beverly D. Stakes (Gr. I).

 

Local favorite La Tia in the paddock prior to the Beverly D. Stakes.

 

Euro Charline (GB) and Ryan Moore in the post parade for the Beverly D.

 

Stephanie's Kitten, Frankie Dettori up, in the post parade for the Beverly D.

 

Alterite (FR) and Javier Castellano in the post parade for the Beverly D.

 

(Above & below) As expected, La Tia, E.T. Baird up, went to the lead early in the Beverly D.

 

La Tia reluctantly ceded the lead to Euro Charline in the stretch.

 

Euro Charline makes history by becoming the only 3-year-old filly to win the Beverly D.

 

The Beverly D. winner's circle.

 

Side Glance (GB) (7) and Real Solution (6) in the paddock prior to the Arlington Million (Gr. I).

 

Breeder's Cup Turf (Gr. I) winner Magician (IRE) , Joseph O'Brien up, in the post parade for the Arlington Million.

 

Canadian favorite and multiple stakes winner Up With the Birds, Eurico Rosa Da Silva up, in the Arlington Million post parade.

 

Side Glance, Jamie Spencer up, takes the lead over Magician in the early stages of the Arlington Million.

 

(Above & below) Under Eriluis Vaz, Hardest Core overtakes Side Glance and Magician and wins the Arlington Million

 

 

 

The Arlington Million winner's circle.

 

Hardest Core heads back to the barn after winning the Arlington Million.

 

 

Kiss Moon wins Division II of the Hatoof Stakes under Robby Albarado and concludes the stakes card for Million Day 2014 at beautiful Arlington Park.


 


 
 
 
 

 

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 Meet Heidi Carpenter

 

An equestrian since 1986, Heidi has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She fell in love with the sport and history of Thoroughbred racing as a young girl after reading about the great champions of yesteryear, including Man o' War, Lexington, Equipoise, and Citation.

Always very visual and imaginative--as well as a romantic at heart--Heidi has a great interest in the stories, connections and images abound in Thoroughbred racing. She also enjoys studying pedigrees and racing history.

The first Kentucky Derby Heidi watched was in 1991, and the first racehorse she fell in love with was Cigar. Her all-time favorites include Ruffian, Man o' War, Dr. Fager, John Henry and Winter Memories.

Heidi lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband (who is also a racing fan) and four cats, and has her beloved horse, Limerick, boarded nearby. Registered as Amanda Bry, Limerick is a 1991-model OTTB mare that Heidi has had since 1996. Heidi has a B.A. in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and is a writer for a local laboratory. Heidi also has a blog at: http://deafequinefanatic.blogspot.com/