Published on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 18:59
For the first time ever, WGN-TV is getting ready to air "The Arlington Million" live from Arlington Park Racetrack on Saturday, August 13th, from 5:00pm-5:30pm. The prestigious horse race broadcast will be hosted by WGN-TV's sports anchor Dan Roan and former WBBM-TV sports anchor Howard Sudberry, who now works as Arlington Park's Senior Director of Marketing and Communications.
Though races will be going on all day at Arlington Park Racetrack (located at 2200 W Euclid Ave, at Wilke Rd, in Arlington Heights, IL), including the important "Secretariat Stakes" and the "Beverly D. Stakes," it the spectacular final race that people from all over will be coming to see that day: "The Arlington Million." The race is a grand celebration drawing horses, owners, trainers, jockeys, and fans from every corner of the world. Each summer, this race has been one of Chicagoland's greatest entertainment and sporting events of the year.
This will be the 29th running of "The Arlington Million" since it was first run in the summer of 1981. (There was no race run in either 1998 or 1999.) It is a Grade 1 race for thoroughbred horses of at least three years, and raced over a distance of 1.25 miles on the turf at Arlington Park. As the name suggests, the winning horse collects a purse of one million dollars.
Marty Wilke, Vice President and General Manager of WGN-TV and CLTV said in a statement tonight: "We are thrilled to be adding the Arlington Million to our WGN Sports lineup. This broadcast will continue to strengthen our station as we produce and air more live LOCAL sports programming than any other broadcast station in the Chicago area."
On Saturday, August 13 at 5:00pm, "The Arlington Million" will be seen all across Chicagoland on WGN-TV, as well as being simulcast nationwide on cable/satellite superstation WGN America. Both will be airing the broadcast live and in HD. Additionally, Chicago cable station CLTV will air a repeat of the exciting race later that same night, at 8:00pm.
In a separate statement today, Arlington Park General Manager Tony Petrillo said: "We are thrilled to be able to bring our premier racing event to viewers in Chicago and nationwide on WGN through a partnership between two great Chicagoland companies. WGN is known for its first-class productions and we are proud to be associated with a brand that stands for such quality."