Arlington Million

The Mister D. Stakes (formerly the Arlington Million) is a Grade 1 flat horse race in the United States for thoroughbred horses aged three years and upward. It is raced annually in August over a distance of ​1 14 miles (approximately 2,000 metres) on the turf at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois.[1]

Mister D. Stakes
Grade 1 race
LocationArlington International Racecourse
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Inaugurated1981; 40 years ago (1981)
Race typeThoroughbred
WebsiteArlington International Racecourse
Race information
Distance1 14 miles
Record1:58.69, Awad (1995)
Qualification3-year-olds & Up, Thoroughbreds
WeightWeight for age

The Arlington Million was the first thoroughbred race to offer a purse of US$1,000,000. It is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, and the winner automatically qualifies for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.[2]

The Arlington Million was introduced in 1981 by Joe Joyce, the dad of TVG's Mike Joyce and the president of Arlington Park at the time. The winner receives 60% of the million dollar purse and the Arlington Million Trophy. The race was graded after only its second running and was awarded a grade one status in 1983 based on the talent of the runners that raced in its first two years.[1]

The horse John Henry won the race twice.[3][4] On August 30, 1981, Willie Shoemaker became the first jockey to win a $1 million thoroughbred horse race when John Henry took the inaugural Arlington Million by a nose over The Bart. The track famously ran the Arlington Million in 1985 under the shadow of a burnt-out grandstand, after a fire had occurred there 25 days earlier. In 2007, Jambalaya became the first Canadian bred horse to win the Arlington Million, with his trainer, Catherine Day Phillips, being the first female trainer to ever win the race.[5]

The race had been run under several different names in the past: In 1981, it was called the Arlington Million Invitational Stakes; from 1982 through 1984 it was known as the Budweiser Million Stakes; from 1985 through 1987, it was the Budweiser-Arlington Million. In 1988, the race was held at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario to accommodate for the completion of repairs from a 1985 fire, and there was no race held in 1998 or 1999 during a two-year shutdown of Arlington Park.[1] In 2021, the race will be called the "Mister D. Stakes" after Richard L. Duchossois with a purse of $600,000.


Time record:

  • 1:58.69 - Awad (1995)

Most wins:

Longest odds:

  • 40.60 - Hill Native (1988)

Shortest odds:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Largest Margin of Victory:

  • Estrapade (1986), Five Lengths

Shortest Margin of Victory:

Winners of the Arlington MillionEdit

2020 Not run due to the COVID-19 pandemic[6]
2019 Bricks and Mortar 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. 1:59.44
2018 Robert Bruce (CHI) 4 Irad Ortiz Jr. Chad Brown Convento Viejo LLC 2:02.29
2017 Beach Patrol 4 Joel Rosario Chad Brown Covello / Sheep Pond / Head Of Plains 2:02.39
2016 Mondialiste 6 Daniel Tudhope David O'Meara Geoff and Sandra Turnbull 2:01.87
2015 The Pizza Man 6 Florent Geroux Roger A. Brueggemann Midwest Thoroughbreds 2:02.20
2014 Hardest Core 4 Eriluis Vaz Edward Graham Andrew Bentley Stables 2:01.51
2013 Real Solution*** 4 Alan Garcia Chad Brown Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. 2:00.99
2012 Little Mike 5 Ramon Dominguez Dale Romans Priscilla Vaccarezza 2:02.44
2011 Cape Blanco 4 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor / Mrs F Hay 2:05.39
2010 Debussy 4 William Buick John Gosden Princess Haya of Jordan 2:03.01
2009 Gio Ponti 4 Ramon Dominguez Christophe Clement Castleton Lyons 2:04.19
2008 Spirit One 4 Ioritz Mendizabal Philip Demercastel Kamel Chehboub 2:02.17
2007 Jambalaya 5 Robby Albarado Catherine Day Phillips Todd & Catherine Day Phillips 2:04.76
2006 The Tin Man 8 Victor Espinoza Richard Mandella Ralph and Aury Todd 2:01.35
2005 Powerscourt 5 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 2:03.38
2004 Kicken Kris ** 4 Kent Desormeaux Michael R. Matz Brushwood Stable 2:00.08
2003 Sulamani * 4 David R. Flores Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:02.29
2002 Beat Hollow 5 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:02.94
2001 Silvano 5 Andreas Suborics Andreas Wöhler Stiftung Gestüt Fährhof 2:02.64
2000 Chester House 5 Jerry Bailey Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:01.37
No race 1998 - 1999
1997 Marlin 4 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Michael Tabor 2:02.54
1996 Mecke 4 Robbie Davis Emanuel Tortora James Lewis Jr. 2:00.49
1995 Awad 5 Eddie Maple David G. Donk Ryehill Farm 1:58.69
1994 Paradise Creek 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Masayuki Nishiyama 1:59.78
1993 Star of Cozzene 5 José A. Santos Mark Hennig Team Valor Stable 2:07.50
1992 Dear Doctor 5 Cash Asmussen John Hammond Henri Chalhoub 1:59.84
1991 Tight Spot 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Anderson, Winchell & Carradini 1:59.55
1990 Golden Pheasant 4 Gary Stevens Charlie Whittingham Summa Stable & Wayne Gretzky 1:59.60
1989 Steinlen 6 José A. Santos D. Wayne Lukas Wildenstein Stable 2:03.60
1988 Mill Native 4 Cash Asmussen André Fabre C. N. Ray 2:00.00
1987 Manila 4 Angel Cordero Jr. LeRoy Jolley Bradley M. Shannon 2:02.40
1986 Estrapade 6 Fernando Toro Charlie Whittingham Allen E. Paulson 2:00.80
1985 Teleprompter 5 Tony Ives Bill Watts 18th Earl of Derby 2:03.40
1984 John Henry 9 Chris McCarron Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:01.40
1983 Tolomeo 3 Pat Eddery Luca Cumani Carlo d'Alessio 2:04.40
1982 Perrault 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charlie Whittingham Serge Fradkoff & Baron Thierry van Zuylen 1:58.80
1981 John Henry 6 Willie Shoemaker Ron McAnally Dotsam Stable 2:07.60
* Storming Home finished first in 2003 but was demoted to fourth place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
** Powerscourt finished first in 2004 but was demoted to fourth place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
*** The Apache finished first in 2013 but was demoted to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.



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