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Arlington Sprint Handicap

Ungraded stakes race
Arlington Sprint Handicap
Location Arlington Park
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
Inaugurated 1990
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.arlingtonpark.com
Race information
Distance 5.5 furlongs
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Arlington Sprint Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually during the second week of July at Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights, Illinois. A non-graded stakes open to horses age three and older, it is a sprint race contested on turf over a distance of 5½ furlongs.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2009 Arlington Sprint automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. [1]

Inaugurated in 1990 as the Arlington Sprint Championship, the name was changed to the Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint for the 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2004 through 2006 editions. It was given its present name in 2007.

Since inception in 1990, the Arlington Sprint has been contested at various distances on bothg dirt and turf:

  • 7 furlongs on dirt : 1990
  • 6 furlongs on dirt : 1996-2007
  • 5.5 furlongs on turf : 2008-present

There was no race run from 1991-1995 and 1998-1999.


Speed record:

  • 1:01.89 - Mr. Nightlinger (2009) (at current distance of 5.5 furlongs)

Most wins:

  • 3 - Bet On Sunshine (1997, 2000, 2001)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - David P. Holloway Racing (1997, 2000, 2001)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • No jockey has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Paul J. McGee (1997, 2000, 2001)








2010 Chamberlain Bridge 6 Jamie Theriot W. Bret Calhoun Carl Moore 1:03.66
2009 Yankee Injunuity 5 E. T. Baird James R. McMullen Encore Racing & J. R. McMullen 1:02.50
2008 Mr. Nightliner 4 Jamie Theriot W. Bret Calhoun Martin Racing & 1:01.89
2007 Piratesonthelake † 3 Diego Sanchez James P. DiVito B. Jock Racing LLC 1:09.14
2007 In Summation † 4 Rene Douglas Christophe Clement Waterford Stable 1:09.14
2006 Gold Storm 6 Tracy Hebert Charles W. Cascio Keith McKinney 1:08.39
2005 Fifteen Rounds 5 Christopher Emigh Christine K. Janks Ken Meeker & Carson Springs Farm 1:08.51
2004 Gold Storm 4 Larry Taylor Charles W. Cascio Keith McKinney & Jack Sweesy 1:08.65
2003 Out of My Way 6 Curt Bourque Gene A. Cilio Crown's Way Farm et al. 1:09.82
2002 Bonapaw 6 Gerard Melancon Norman C. Miller III J. & D. Richard 1:09.13
2001 Bet On Sunshine 9 Marlon St. Julien Paul J. McGee David P. Holloway Racing 1:10.06
2000 Bet On Sunshine 8 Francisco Torres Paul J. McGee David P. Holloway Racing 1:09.77
1997 Hunk of Class † 4 Eusebio Razo, Jr. Kenneth R. Spraggins K. R. Spraggins & J. Lombardo 1:09.99
1997 Bet On Sunshine † 5 Pat Day Paul J. McGee David P. Holloway Racing 1:09.99
1996 Ft. Stockton 4 Shane Sellers Ben Perkins, Jr. New Farm 1:08.77
1990 Hammocker 6 Kerwin Clark Harvey L. Vanier Nancy A. Vanier 1:24.60
  • † There were Dead Heats in 1997 and again in 2007.



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