The Illinois Racing Board on Wednesday awarded Arlington International Racecourse with race dates for 2021. The schedule consists of 68 live race days in the spring and summer, with opening weekend featuring the Kentucky Oaks (April 30, 2021) and the Kentucky Derby (May 1, 2021), and will conclude on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The schedule includes racing and entertainment on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and the return of the July Fourth Independence Day celebration and the Festival of Racing.
Arlington International Racecourse President, Tony Petrillo, is enthusiastic about continuing Arlington’s traditions in 2021. “This will be our 94th year of operation and Arlington remains committed to fans, guests, bettors, horsemen/horsewomen, and the community. We look forward to showcasing the renowned Arlington Experience in 2021, featuring our beautiful facility and providing race fans with the opportunity to wager on quality races along with a slate of graded stakes races.”
The meet will host many of the graded stakes races that were placed on hiatus in 2020 and will feature a festival of stakes races for Illinois horses, featuring the Bruce D. Stakes, Beverly D. Stakes, and the newly renamed Arlington Million: “Mister D. Stakes”.
Racing for the 2020 season continues Thursday through Saturday now until September 26.