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International Festival of Racing Week Events Begin on Monday, August 13
Include Jockey Softball, Post Position Draw, Art and Fashion, Breakfast at Arlington, Arlington Heights Mane Event Block Party, Hall of Fame Jockey Earlie Fires Day and Book Signings
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 10, 2001) -- In addition to the three Grade I stakes -- Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes -- with $2.1 million in purses to be contested on International Festival of Racing Day at Arlington Park on Saturday, Aug. 18, a myriad of events are planned for the week.
Included in the lineup are a charity softball game pitting the Arlington Heights Police Department vs. Arlington jockeys, officials and media; the International Festival of Racing Post Position Draw for the three Grade I races; an art show hosted by West Ella Ltd. Gallery of Arlington Heights; Ladies International Festival of Racing Day featuring renowned women's hat designer Georgi; the International Breakfast at Arlington; a downtown Arlington Heights Block Party; newly inducted Hall of Fame Jockey Earlie Fires Day; and three book signings leading up to the races on Saturday.
"The additional activities planned for International Festival of Racing week and Arlington's continued involvement in community- and cause-related events, plus the participation of renowned artists, designers, authors and national racing personalities help to raise awareness and build anticipation for a great day of racing on Arlington Million Day," said Arlington Park Chief Executive Officer Scott Mordell.
Monday, August 13
Jockeys Visit Ronald McDonald House (NEW)
As the kickoff to a week of festivities leading up to the 19th running of the Arlington Million at Arlington Park on Saturday, Aug. 18, six of Arlington's leading riders will make a visit to the downtown Ronald McDonald House. Dressed in full silks, Jockeys Zoe Cadman, Chris Emigh, Lonnie Meche, Ray Sibille, Carlos Silva and Ramsey Zimmerman will continue Arlington's tradition of giving autographed goggles to children.
Ronald McDonald House is one of the official charities of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. For further information on the Ronald McDonald House, contact Ms. Hong Brunner at 773-348-5322 ext. 11.
Tuesday, August 14
Charity Softball Game
At 4 p.m. at the Arlington Park Baseball Diamond, located adjacent to the Stable Gate on Rohlwing Road, the Arlington Heights Police Department squad will square off with an Arlington Park team comprised of jockeys, track officials and media in a charity softball game. Arlington Park will donate $1,500 to the winner's favorite charity and $1,000 to the loser's charity of choice. Admission is free and the game is open to the public.
Wednesday, August 15
International Festival of Racing Post Position Draw
Post position draws for the Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes will begin at 12 noon in the Starting Gate Theater on the Second Level at Arlington Park. The draw for the Arlington Million, third leg of the Emirates World Series, will commence following the first race (approximately 1:15 p.m.). Track announcer John G. Dooley will host the proceedings with participation and interviews by Christine Gabriel with key connections for horses involved in the three races. The public is welcome to attend.
Thursday, August 16
International Festival Ladies Day featuring International Festival Art Show and Fashion Hat Sale
On Thursday, Ladies Day, all women receive a special discount $2 admission, while any woman sporting a fashion hat (no baseball caps) enters Arlington Park free and is eligible to compete in the Arlington Million Hat Contest that day.
International Festival Art Show
Arlington Heights based West Ella Ltd. gallery will present an exhibition of art works by Tomasz Rut, Richard Giacobetti and many other distinguished artists from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Apron Level on the east end of the grandstand. For further information, contact West Ella Ltd. at 847/255-8585.
Fashion Hat Sale
Kentucky Derby hat designer "Georgi" Gutmann will be at Arlington Park offering her original, hand-crafted women's hats for sale to the public. These elegant pieces have been specially designed for the 2001 Arlington Million.
Friday, August 17
International Breakfast at Arlington
Come to Arlington Park for breakfast and watch hundreds of horses during their early morning workouts from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The program will include live interviews by Christine Gabriel with the connections of Million Day horses, plus prizes and giveaways for answering trivia questions and a chance to meet jockeys, trainers and owners in person. Admission to the track is free, breakfast, which will be served outside Cobey's Food Court on the Apron Level, is $6.
Hall of Fame Jockey Earlie Fires Day
Meet recently inducted Hall of Fame Jockey Earlie Fires on a special day honoring Chicago's and Arlington Park's all-time winningest jockey. The first 3,000 entering the track will receive a free photograph of Fires, who will be available for autographs during the day (details to be announced). In addition, Fires will be honored in a special winner's circle presentation to be made by Arlington Park Chairman Richard L. Duchossois.
The 2001 Mane Event - Block Party
The Friday night Block Party in downtown Arlington Heights will feature refreshments, a live "Hats Off to Arlington" auction benefiting not-for-profit organizations, art displays and entertainment by The Metropolis Youth Symphony with violinist Rachel Barton. Festivities are from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 18
International Festival of Racing Day at Arlington Park
First post time for the 12-race card is 12 noon. The Beverly D. will be race 6 (approximately 2:32 p.m.), the Arlington Million the eighth race (approximately 3:40 p.m.) and the Secretariat Stakes race number 10 (approximately 4:51 p.m.). The Beverly D. and Million will be broadcast by ESPN from 3 to 4 p.m.
Steve Haskin - "John Henry"
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of John Henry's dramatic win in the inaugural running of the Arlington Million in 1981 with a copy of this recently published book by respected racing author Steve Haskin, who will be signing copies of his book in the Starting Gate Theater on the Second Level from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Haskin will be joined by Hall of Fame and John Henry Trainer Ron McAnally. In addition, Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron, who rode John Henry to his second Arlington Million victory in 1984, is tentatively scheduled to join them.
Betsy Berns - "The Female Fan Guide to Thoroughbred Racing"
Author and sports marketer Betsy Berns, who wrote "The Female Fan Guide to Pro Football" and "The Female Fan Guide to Motorsports" will autograph her newest female fan guide from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the foot of the Grand Staircase on the Apron Level adjacent to the Gift Shop. Berns has also written for, or been featured in, USA Today, Sport, Extra, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News Channel and Comedy Central. She has conducted over 300 radio and TV interviews and was the subject of a Lifetime television special profiling women in sports.
Jay Privman - "Breeders' Cup - Thoroughbred Racing's Championship
Jay Privman, national correspondent for the Daily Racing Form, former analyst for FOX television and west coast correspondent for the New York Times, is uniquely qualified to write about the Breeders' Cup in that he has seen every one since the inaugural running at Hollywood Park in 1984. Signing is from 2 to 3 p.m. at the foot of the Grand Staircase on the Apron Level adjacent to the Gift Shop.
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