The biggest day of racing in Illinois is Arlington Million Day. Celebrating its 30th running, the world's first million-dollar horse race, the $1 million Arlington Million (G1) featured a field of 11 older horses contest this 1 1/4 mile trip on the Arlington Park turf, with Premio Presidente della Repubblica (G1) winner Crackerjack King sent off as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite off his fifth place finish in the Coral Eclipse (G1). In to challenge him included 15-4 second choice Little Mike, winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) before finishing third in the Shoemaker Mile (G1), and 4-1 third choice Boisterous, second in the Arlington Handicap (G3), the major local prep for the Million.
Jockey Ramon Dominguez sent Little Mike to the lead first time past the stands and he set slow fractions of 25.10, 49.95, and 1:15.03 while as many as 1 1/2 lengths in front of 12-1 Willcox Inn and 9-1 Columbian stalking him second and third. On the far turn, Little Mike continued to lead, getting the mile in 1:39.54. Dominguez asked Little Mike for run and he quickly opened up a 4 1/2 length lead at the 1/8 pole. 11-2 fourth choice Afsare, 7th early, put in a strong late rally but Little Mike easily held him off by 1 1/2 lengths at the line, completing the ten furlong trip in 2:02.44. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Columbian and 16-1 Rahystrada who finished in a dead-heat for third. Favorite Crackerjack King was a nose back in fifth.
On to the Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes won by I'm A Dreamer and Bayrir