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If you have never been to Chicago-area track Arlington International Racecourse, you are missing out big-time. Whether you’re a die-hard racing fan or the most casual observer of pretty horses turning left, Arlington is one of the most picturesque racing venues in America.

I began my Arlington adventure on Friday morning. Just after the the sun rose, I arrived at the track to watch contenders for tomorrow’s International Festival of Racing take their morning exercise on the eve or raceday. When I first walked to the horse path that leads from the stable area to the track, I was struck by the arresting beauty of the scene.

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As I set up shop near the entrance of the track, I had a great vantage point to see some of tomorrow’s runners; here’s Beverly D. contender I’m Already Sexy, who was clearly feeling her proverbial oats since she kept sticking her tongue out at me. Sassy!

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I also caught sight of Sheldon, a longshot in the Secretariat. While he may not be everyone’s betting choice, he’s an attention-grabbing horse who just looks wonderful.

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His fellow Secretariat contender Tourist grabbed my attention just for his looks. He’s an eye-grabbing guy with fantastic facial markings and a pretty good race record behind him; he may be tough to beat on Saturday afternoon.

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I just caught sight of Arlington Million contender Hardest Core; he was heading off of the track, but he seemed very calm and collected amid the hubbub of training hours.

The third Secretariat runner I saw was Highball; not only do I like his name, but I was very impressed by his movement as he galloped this morning. He may be getting my bet on Saturday afternoon.

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Smoking Sun is a world traveler with a lot of panache; he’s probably one of the Million’s most interesting horses, since he’s a real trooper who’s shown his moxie everywhere from France to Singapore. I can’t wait to see how he fares here in the United States!

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In addition to the Thoroughbreds, I saw the bravest person on the planet: this window washer.

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While most people would probably point to the jockeys and exercise riders as the most intrepid folks at the track, I have a paralyzing fear of heights and therefore think that this guy is a hero. To give you a little perspective, this is how far he is off of the ground.

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I shall use a .gif to fully express my feelings on doing something like that:

But he’s also the perfect representation of what makes Arlington Park such a special place: the attention to detail. The facility is flawless with fresh paint, perfectly manicured landscaping and nary a torn-up betting ticket to be seen on the ground. It is truly a showplace racecourse, and on Arlington Million weekend it’s probably the most picture-perfect racetrack in the nation.

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And the visitors to the track are a complement to that attention to detail; there is fantastic fashion on display at Arlington, and I spotted some very chic fans as I wandered the grounds today.

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Speaking of chic, I ran into milliner Christine A. Moore, who makes some of the most fabulous headgear in all of horse racing.

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Naturally, I had to try a bunch of them on. Hey, what can I say – some girls (like myself) never really grow out of playing dress-up!

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But most of all, Arlington Park is about having a fun, fantastic time at a beautiful location with breathtaking horses and heart-pounding excitement. If that sounds like a good time to you (and I promise it is!) then I can’t encourage you enough to get out to Arlington International Racecourse as soon as possible to have an unforgettably amazing day at the races.

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Penelope Miller

I'm Penelope Miller and I'm the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. I've been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for most of my life and I want to make sure that the great sport of horse racing is enjoyed by people all over the nation. Please share your thoughts and ideas with me in the comments section below!

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Penelope Miller

I'm Penelope Miller and I'm the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. I've been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for most of my life and I want to make sure that the great sport of horse racing is enjoyed by people all over the nation. Please share your thoughts and ideas with me in the comments section below!

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