Arlington race track owner inducted into racing hall of fame

May 2, 2019 GMT

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The owner of Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Chicago is being inducted into horse racing’s national hall of fame.

The National Museum of Racing announced that 97-year-old Richard L. “Dick” Duchossois will be one of 16 horse racing figures who will be inducted into the museum’s hall of fame in a ceremony on Friday at its Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.

The induction is the latest award for Duchossois, who has won international acclaim since he purchased the track in 1983.

In 1985, Arlington became the first track to win the Special Eclipse Award when it was honored for producing the famed “Miracle Million” race weeks after a devastating fire at the track. Duchossois won the award in 1989 and the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2003.