Arlington Million – Preview

Arlington Million, an officiated Grade 1 flat horse racing event in the United States. The event is exclusive to Thoroughbred runners three years and older. The sporting event takes place every August and covers a distance of one and a quarter mile.

The approximate two-thousand-meter long race is run at the Arlington Park up at Arlington Heights in the State of Illinois. The event prides itself on being the first Thoroughbred racing event to offer the winner a $1 million purse.

The Arlington Miller race is used as a pre-qualification ground for The Cox Plate Race held down in Australia. The event is a part series of the Breeder’s Cup Challenge Series where the winner qualifies automatically for the Breeders’ Cup Final.

The Arlington Million Race History

The event was founded in 1981 by the then President of Arlington Park (Joe Joyce), the winner scoops up 60% of the prize money and goes home with the Arlington Million Trophy. History serves us that the track event was graded during its 2nd running thus acquiring a Grade 1 status in 1983.

The level up was based on the talent exuded by the runners that graced the occasion the first two years. The Arlington Million race has been successfully run under numerous names in different years, some of the names it accrued include:

The Name of The Race The Years The Race Name Held Ground
The Arlington Million Invitational Stakes 1981-1982
The Budweiser Million Stakes 1982-1984
The Budweiser-Arlington Million 1985-1987


Side Note: The Track event was scheduled at the Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto), Ontario, Canada to give way for the repairs at the Arlington Park. In 1985 a fire gutted the Park.

The Arlington Park was shut down for a two years period from 1998 to 1999, and there was no racing event held with the two years for the Arlington Cup or Purse.

The Arlington Million Link to Cox Plate Race in Australia

The runner taking the Grade I Arlington Million track event achieves an automatic qualification for the Group 1 Carlton Draught Cox Plate.

The winner joins Australian Thoroughbreds and one or two more international Thoroughbreds competing to be a Cox Plate contestant and take home $3 Million plus prize money.

The Cox Plate racing event is contested at a mile and a quarter on a turf track at the Moonee Valley Racing Club in Melbourne. Pure Breds aged three years and above and underweight due to age conditions stake it out on a distance covering two thousand and forty meters long.

The Group 1 Carlton Draught Cox Plate is Australia’s richest purse (weight-for-age) with a stake-money kitty of $ 3 million Australian dollars.

Cox Plate Results

Punters with an interest in placing a bet on the Cox Plate should spend some time online sifting through past Cox Plate Results. Given the event’s history, contenders sign up for the event to compete more than a single time.

The Cox Plate race event is a haven for bettors since they can give free bets a try on runners that have run and performed well in previous events. The Cox Plate Results are a perfect addition when calculating the selections chances in previous races. Punters use the results to compare the distance run and the conditions of the track. Most runners taking part in this event have a favorite length.

Many horses perform better in certain track conditions than others. In short, runners performing brilliantly at the Cox Plate have a better chance of performing exceptionally on a different track/event. That has similar characteristics as the Moonee Valley Racing Track.