Arlington Million: What To Expect, How To Enjoy

Kevin Jackman
August 09, 2019 - 6:00 am

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The 37th running of the Arlington Million takes place this Saturday, August 10 at Arlington International Racecourse.

We chatted with horseracing analyst Mike Joyce for some information and advice for bettors. Joyce will cover the race for TVG with his broadcast partner, Caton Bredar. Both are Chicagoland natives.

Wagering for novice horse bettors: “Bet to win, bet a horse that you like the most to win the race. There are leagues of literature that you can study. There are thousands of different ways that you can bet. But simplify it. If this is something you don’t do every day, if this is something you only do once a year, simplify it. Find horses you like, for whatever reason you like.”

The favorite to win the Arlington Million: “Brick and Mortar is going to be the favorite, heavy favorite of that in the Arlington Million. He’s a fantastic animal, but we’re looking at his fifth start of the year. So, as awesome as he is and as easy it is to get to know him, we’ve only seen him race four times so far in 2019, and this will be his fifth start.”

How to maximize enjoying at the racecourse for casual spectators: “Get to the paddock where they saddle, get to the rail when they run and get as close to the action as possible. Get as close as you can to the horses, and don’t climb the fences and get in their way. Obviously, these are 1,000-pound athletes who are getting ready for a competition, so they might be a little on edge. But get as close as you can and get a look at them.”

On Arlington Racetrack, which was rebuilt after the 1985 Miracle Million: “There’s no two ways about it, they did such a fantastic job rebuilding it. And the Million day has become a lot more than that. With the Beverly D and the Secretariat, they’ve really made it a giant festival of racing that for that day is the center of the racing world.”

The impact of legalizing sports betting would have, using Australia as a model: “Their horseracing industry was really on hard times about 10 or 15 years ago. And when they legalized sports betting, this is organic growth, this is not just going to happen overnight, but what you find is it naturally creates a renewed interest in wagering in horse racing.”


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