2022 Arlington Million Sees Nine Runners For Saturday’s Churchill Downs Race


The 2022 Arlington Million, which will be run at Churchill Downs for the first time, is shaping up nicely with nine runners entered for the Saturday’s showcase race. The lucrative contest is set to be the last of 11 races on the Saturday Churchill Downs card, with the starting gates scheduled to open for the Arlington Million at 6:25pm (EDT).

What Date Is The 2022 Arlington Million?

Run over 1m 1f, the Arlington Million is for 3+ year-olds will be staged this year at the home of the Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs racecourse – (formerly run at Arlington Park)

📅Date: Saturday 13th August 2022, 6:25pm EDT
🏇Racecourse: Churchill Downs, Kentucky
💰 Purse: $1,000,000

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 DID YOU KNOW? Trainer Chad Brown has won the Arlington Million four times since 2013 – he runs Sacred Life

2022 Arlington Million Sees Nine Runners Entered

See below the nine 2022 Arlington Million runners and their profiles, plus the latest betting odds from with BetOnline

1. Set Piece @ 4/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: B. Cox
Jockey: F. Geroux
Age: 6
Last Run: 5th, 2022 Forbidden Apple (G3)

This Juddmonte-owned 6 year-old gelding has been handed gate 1 and we’ve only seen one Arlington Million winner from the inside draw in the last 10 runnings (but these were run at Arlington Park). Trained by Brad Cox, he was last seen finishing fifth of 11 on July 15th in the Forbidden Apple (G3) at Saratoga – beaten 3 1/4 lengths. The Dansili gelding did, however, win two starts ago as the 2/1 market leader in the Dinner Party (G2) at Pimlico, while since 2015 we’ve seen two 6 year-old winners of the Arlington Million (Mondialiste and The Pizza Man)

Chad Brown
Chad Brown

2. Sacred Life @ 9/2 with BetOnline
Trainer: C. Brown
Jockey: M. Franco
Age: 7
Last Run: 1st, 2022 Monmonth Stakes (G3)

Trainer Chad Brown is the main man when it comes to the Arlington Million – he’s landed the big pot three times in the last four runnings. He runs Sacred Life this year in a bid to enhance that record. The 7-year-old has been handed gate 2 and comes here in wining form after landing the Monmouth Stakes (G3) in New Jersey on 18th June.  He’s been freshened up since, but despite coming from a yard you have to respect in this race, Sacred Life is yet to place better than third from his four previous Grade 1 starts. Finally, being a 7 year-old also looks a big negative – the last 10 Arlington Million winners have been aged between 4-6 years-old, while since 1985 we’ve only seen one winner aged 7 or older (The Tin Man, 2008).

3. Field Pass  @ 8/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: M. Maker
Jockey: R. Gutierrez
Age: 5
Last Run: 1st, 2022 Texas Turf Classic (LS)

Handed draw 3 and will represent trainer Mike Maker, who is yet to win the Arlington Million. Finished third in the Arlington Stakes here at Churchill Downs – going down by only a neck. Since then, after finishing second in the Texas Turf Classic at Lone Star Park (16th July), the 5-year-old Lemon Drop Kid horse was elevated to the winners’ enclosure after stewards decided first-place finisher Megacity, who also runs in this race, interfered with him in the home stretch.

4. Smooth Like Strait @ 5/2 with BetOnline
Trainer: M. McCarthy
Jockey: J. Velázquez
Age: 5
Last Run: 2nd, 2022 Shoemaker Mile (G1)

Handled by the California-based Michael McCarthy and heads into the race being given draw 4. The 5 year-old has got a very consistent profie with five silver medal finishes and a bronze from his last 6 races. His last win now came back in May 21 in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita, so does have winning form at the top table. John Velázquez, who is yet to win the Arlington Million, is expected to get the ride and will be Smooth Like Strait’s third different pilot in his last three races. One of the leading chances.

5. Megacity @ 15/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: M. Maker
Jockey: G. Corrales
Age: 7
Last Run: 2nd, 2022 Texas Turf Classic (LS)

Another from the Mike Maker yard and has been give gate 5. This 7 year-old will get an opportunity to turn the tables on Field Star after he was deemed to have interfered with the horse in the Texas Turf Classic this season. The gelding’s six wins have included five allowances and one maiden. This will be Megacity’s first time in a Grade 1 race, but the age trend (being a 7 year-old) suggests he’s got a lot to do.

6. Santin  @ 3/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: B. Walsh
Jockey: T. Gaffalione
Age: 4
Last Run: 6th, 2022 Manhattan (G1)

Trained by Brendan Walsh, this Godolphin-bred 4 year-old won the Turf Classic (G1) on Kentucky Derby day here at Churchill Downs over the same course and distance as the Arlington Million. He’s since, however, finished a poor sixth in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park (11th June) after rider Tyler Gaffalione, who will ride again here, lost his crop in the closing stages. With proven track form and age on his side it would be no shock to see him bounce back. 6 of the last 10 Million winners have been aged 4. Another that looks to have a big shout.

7. Admission Office  @ 10/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: B. Lynch
Jockey: B. Hernandez, Jr
Age: 7
Last Run: 5th, 2022 Grand Couturier (LS)

Drawn 7 and another of the older horses in the race at 7-years-old in the race. Trained by Brian Lynch, and is also another that has track form under his belt after winning the Arlington Stakes (G3) here at Churchill on June 4th. His overall form at the track is decent too (3-3-1-1) so might be one for the place players, but will need to become the oldest Arlington Million winner since The Tin Man (2008).

8. Cavalry Charge  @ 20/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: D. Stewart
Jockey: D. Cohen
Age: 5
Last Run: 2nd, 2022 Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial (LS)

Gate 8 for this Dallas Stewart-trained 5 year-old. Heads here with a bit to prove as he’s not won in four starts – his last win came on 19th Feb in a Fair Grounds Stakes (G3) and had Santin in behind that day too. This gelding has since finished second in his most recent race in the Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial at Horseshoe Indianapolis on 9th July.

9. Cellist @ 15/1 with BetOnline
Trainer: G.Arnold
Jockey: C. Lanerie
Age: 4
Last Run: 10th, 2022 Colonial Turf Cup (LS)

This 4 year-old is drawn to the outside post in 9. Trained by Rusty Arnold Cellist is a two-time stakes winner who has track-winning form too. He won here over the longer 1m4f trip, so we know he stays, but the worry on that front is will he have the pace to keep up with the rest? On a plus, he’s got a good record at this venue, so the switch here is in his favour and 6 of the last 10 winners of the Million have been aged 4.

Note: Odds are subject to change

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The Arlington Million Moved To Churchill Downs – Why?

The Arlington Million in 2021 was run with a much lower purse on offer last year. It was also renamed in 2021 as the ‘Mr. D. Stakes’ to  honor Richard Duchossois, who was the owner of Arlington Park from 1983 for 17 years, until it was sold Churchill Downs Incorporated in 2000. Duchossois later died in January 2022.

However, at the end of 2021, the CDI team agreed to sell the Arlington track and property to the Chicago Bears American football side.

Therefore, with the agreement from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Kentucky horseman, it was granted that the Arlington Million Day can be moved to their other track – Churchill Downs – which is most famous for staging the Kentucky Derby each year.

Because the Churchill Downs turf course is smaller Arlington, the distance of the 2022 Arlington Million will be shortened from 1m14 miles to 1m18 miles.

Arlington Millon Recent Winners

  • 2021 – Two Emmys (27/1)
  • 2020 – No Race (Covid)
  • 2019 – Bricks and Mortar (1/2 fav)
  • 2018 – Robert Bruce (13/5)
  • 2017 – Beach Patrol (49/10)
  • 2016 – Mondialiste (22/5)
  • 2015 – The Pizza Man (59/10)
  • 2014 – Hardest Core (115/10)
  • 2013 –Real Solution (84/10)
  • 2012 – Little Mike (23/5)
  • 2011 – Cape Blanco (21/10 fav)

Arlington Million Betting Trends

Help find the winner of the Arlington Million using our key trends and stats. Appy these to the 2022 Arlington Million runners and find the best profiles based on previous winners of the race. (Note: The race was run at Arlington Park from 2021 back)

  • 10/10 – Aged between 4-6 years-old
  • 10/10 – Had won over at least 1m1f before
  • 10/10 – Had run in the last 9 weeks
  • 9/10 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
  • 7/10 – Won at least 5 times before
  • 7/10 – Won between 0-2 Graded races
  • 7/10 – Won between 0-1 Grade One races
  • 6/10 – Aged 4 years-old
  • 6/10 – Winners from gates 7-10
  • 6/10 – Favorites that finished in the top 3
  • 4/10 – Trained by Chad Brown
  • 4/10 – Ran at Belmont last time out
  • 4/10 – Ran in the Manhattan Stakes (Belmont) earlier that season
  • 3/10 – Winners from gate 7
  • 2/10 – Winning favorites
  • 2/10 – European-trained winners
  • 2/10 – Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr
  • 0/10 – 3 year-old winners
  • 1/10 – Winners from gate 1
  • 0/10 – Winners from gate 2
  • No 3 year-old winner since 1983

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