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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2001) -- The $14,519,027 wagered on Arlington Park's 12-race card on International Festival of Racing Saturday is the highest in the history of the track and in the State of Illinois on Illinois races. The previous highest total handle was $13,200,575 on July 13, 1996 when Cigar ran in the Arlington Citation Challenge.

"Our record handle of over $14.5 million in Illinois on Illinois races Saturday was a great day for Arlington Park, and both Illinois and international racing," said Arlington Park Executive Vice President Steve Sexton. "Despite the inclement weather, over $3 million was bet on track, demonstrating the excellent quality of the race card.

"The fact that a German horse, who has now won three Group 1 races on three different continents in the same year, won the Arlington Million is evidence that international competition is the wave of the future," added Sexton.

This year's on track handle of $3,007,998 surpassed last year's total of $2,963,772 by $44,226. Saturday's on-track attendance was 22,176 compared with 26,664 last year.

"Even though we sold out all of the seats in the building, the early inclement weather hurt our walk up sales and was probably most responsible for our attendance numbers being down," said Sexton.

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