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The Arlington Million is a thoroughbred horse race founded in 1981 with the first million-dollar winners’ purse. The race has most often been held at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with a few exceptions for renovation and repair. The race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge and qualifies the winner for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf, both of which contribute to a horse’s pedigree and value. Since 1981, the race has changed names several times including the Budweiser Million Stakes from 1982-1984 and the Budweiser-Arlington Million from 1985-1987.
Perrault, a British-bred 5-year old thoroughbred stallion, won the Budweiser Million Stakes in 1982. He began competing in the United States in 1982 and was considered for Horse of the Year. In the same year, Perrault injured a tendon and was retired to stud duty. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Turf Horse in 1982 and earned $1,494,550 during his career.