The biggest day of racing in Illinois is Arlington Million Day. Celebrating its 28th running, the world's first million-dollar horse race, the $1 million Arlington Million (G1) featured a field of 9 older horses contest this 1 1/4 mile trip on the turf, with defending champion Gio Ponti sent off as the 9-10 favorite, off his win in the Man o'War Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. In to challenge him included 6-1 second choice Just as Well, runner-up in the Arlington Handicap (G3) last out, and 13-2 third choice Tazeez, third in his last two starts at home in England, the Prince of Wales's Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot and the Princess of Wales's Stakes (G2) at Newmarket.
Tazeez and Quite a Handful dueled through easy fractions of 25.30 and 50.04 with General Quarters pressing the pace in third. Down the backstretch, jockey Richard Hills asked Tazeez to open up on the field and he pulled away to a 4 1/2 length advantage at the top of the stretch, through 3/4 in 1:13.69 and a mile in 1:37.85. Gio Ponti, who was 10 lengths back in last through the early stages, came out 6 wide into the lane to take over the lead inside the 1/8 pole. However, 11-1 Debussy, who was 6th at the top of the stretch, found room on the inside and closed with a rush in the final 1/16 mile to nail Gio Ponti at the line by 1/2 a length, completing the trip in 2:03.01 over the good turf. It was another 2 lengths back to pacesetter Tazeez third.
On to the Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes won by Eclair de Lune and Paddy O'Prado