The Arlington Million is the biggest day of racing in Illinois and is a must-attend for socialites in Chicago. The race takes place every August at Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Illinois, featuring thoroughbred horses aged three years and up. The turf course covers a distance of 2 km (1.25 mi). The Arlington Million is a Grade 1 flat horse race that is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.
The Arlington Million debuted in 1981 and was the first such race to offer a prize of one million US dollars. It has become one of the most prestigious horse races in America. The winner of the first race was the horse, John Henry, with jockey Willie Shoemaker. The Arlington Park now has a bronze statue of John Henry commemorating the first Arlington Million winner.
The races in Arlington Park start at around noon and are followed by various entertainment. For example, Miller Lite Summer Concert Series or Arlington Best Dressed Contest taking place after Race 4 in the Paddock. Gates of the racecourse open at 10:30 a.m.