Contact: Brent Burkhardt, TBC Baltimore 410-986-1303
Singapore Celebrates a Day at the Races at Arlington Park August 11th Events Include Inaugural Singapore Plate Race and Singapore Vacation Drawing for Race Fans
Singapore, August 9, 2001 -- When the entrants to the 9th race at Arlington Park leave the gate on August 11, they will be racing for the inaugural Singapore Plate Race (GIII for three-year old fillies) and a guaranteed $125,000 prize. But there will also be a second Singapore winner at Arlington that day.
The Singapore Tourism Board is sponsoring a lucky draw for race fans. One race enthusiast and a guest will win the opportunity to Live it up! in Singapore with a vacation package that includes airfare and accommodations at the Merchant Court Hotel. Entry forms for the drawing will be available to race fans at Live it up! in Singapore display boxes located at the two main grandstand entrances.
The lucky draw is just one part of a day full of Singapore-themed events at Arlington Park. Activities at the track will include a traditional Lion Dance to be held in the Winner's Circle prior to the Singapore Plate Race and a private event for more than 300 Chicago-area travel industry guests at the track's Secretariat Suite.
Mr. Koh Yong Guan, chairman of the Singapore Turf Club, will present the Singapore Plate to the winning owner. Joining him will be Mr. Yeo Khee Leng, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board.
A reciprocal race - the Arlington Park Trophy - will be held on August 26 in Singapore as part of a three-day race carnival at the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji.
Arlington Park's Chief Executive Officer Mr. Scott Mordell was on the advisory panel for the first Singapore Airlines International Cup held in 2000 to celebrate the official opening of the Singapore Racecourse. The Singapore Airlines International Cup is one of the richest in the world.
Singapore has a long and illustrious horse racing history beginning in 1842 with the formation of the Singapore Sporting Club (now the Singapore Turf Club) and the first official race for prize money in 1843.
The Singapore Racecourse was officially opened in March 2000 occupying 33 acres. The Racecourse has a spectacular four-story grandstand, which accommodates up to 30,000 race enthusiasts, and state-of-the-art racing tracks. Racing in Singapore is conducted under the floodlights on Friday and Saturday evenings during the race season, as well as on selected Sundays.
The fascinating island-nation of Singapore tempts the international traveler with year-round tropical weather; faithfully restored historic districts; a diverse culinary scene featuring Chinese, Indian, Malay and other ethnic specialties; choice of luxury hotels on a par with the best in the world; a reputation as a shoppers' paradise; and other advantages such as competitive pricing, excellent infrastructure, high-quality service, cultural diversity and a people-friendly, cosmopolitan setting.
For more information, contact the nearest Singapore Tourism Board office: New York: 590 Fifth Avenue, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Tel: (212) 302-4861, Fax: (212) 302-4801; Chicago: Two Prudential Plaza, 180 North Stetson Avenue, Suite 2615, Chicago, IL 60601. Tel: (312) 938-1888, Fax: (312) 938-0086; Los Angeles: 4929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Tel: (323) 677-0808, Fax: (323) 677-0801; Toronto:2 Bloor Street West, Suite 404, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2. Tel: (416) 363-8898, Fax: (416) 363-5752. Or, visit the STB website at http://www.newasia-singapore.com.
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