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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2001) -- America's Day at the Races was created to establish Labor Day as the "National Holiday for Horse Lovers," an event that celebrates both the fan and the horse. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 at Arlington Park, the track will host a special "Family Day" with activities for children and their parents. A full menu of events designed with both entertainment and education in mind will provide fans with the fun of participating in something different at the track, while at the same time learning new things about the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

Entertaining and educational "Family Day" activities held in conjunction with "America's Day at the Races" will include:

  • T-shirt and horseshoe decorating
  • Coloring book and crayon giveaway
  • "Name the Yearling" contest
  • Pictures taken of children in jockey silks
  • Face painting
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides
  • Kids' Derby races on the track
  • Huffy Hoppers Race on the track
  • Blacksmith demonstration
  • Jockey T-shirt toss to fans
  • Autographed winning jockey goggle giveaway after each race

Additionally, children age 2-12, are invited to sign up for Arlington Park's Junior Jockey Club, where they can participate in a behind-the-scene tours of the facility and meet trainers, jockeys, and others. All "Family Day" activities are free of charge.

Beginning at 12 noon in the Starting Gate Theater on the second level, authors Julia and John McEvoy will be signing their recently published book, Women in Racing: In Their Own Words. Joining the McEvoys will be four women profiled in the book who are well known to Arlington fans -- Arlington's top female jockey Zoe Cadman, thoroughbred trainer Christine Janks, clocker Dot Sibille, chart caller Sheryl Stefanowicz and groom Maria Rabadan. More

General admission to Arlington Park is $4.75 with children 17 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Gates open at 11 a.m. First post time is 1 p.m.

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