Arlington Park combines the elegance of its modern facility with the tradition and excitement of thoroughbred racing to serve as a showcase for the Sport of Kings.
The unsurpassed beauty of the magnificent six-story grandstand is only a small part of the Arlington Experience, however. Since reopening on June 28, 1989, Arlington, under the innovative and determined leadership of Richard L. Duchossois, has been dedicated to the concept of family entertainment. Arlington is creating a new generation of thoroughbred racing fans with an aggressive marketing program highlighted by successful theme days—such as Family Day and Party in the Park—and an overriding emphasis on customer service and satisfaction.
Arlington has invested heavily in the future of racing, but the tradition associated with its glorious past will always be special.
Arlington Park opened on October 13, 1927, when Joe Bollero rode Luxembourg to victory in the first race. During the ensuing years, many of racing’s biggest and brightest stars competed at Arlington Park, including Armed, Bewitch, Buckpasser, Busher, Candy Spots, Citation, Coaltown, Dr. Fager, Equipoise, John Henry, Nashua, Native Dancer, Round Table, Secretariat, Spectacular Bid, Swaps, Tom Rolfe, T. V. Lark and Twilight Tear.
Indeed, Arlington has been the site for many of racing’s greatest moments.