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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754


Saturday Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20 Preliminaries Lead to $100,000 National Championship

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 21, 2001) -- The third annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship -- with its all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, $100,000 grand prize and national recognition as NTRA/Daily Racing Form Handicapper of the Year at the Eclipse Awards in Hollywood, Fla. -- returns to Arlington Park and its five Trackside OTBs on four consecutive Saturdays -- Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13 and 20.

Arlington Park, combined with Trackside Arlington Park plus the other four off-track facilities -- Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs, Trackside Rockford and Trackside Waukegan, -- will serve as the five host sites for the four preliminary rounds of the contest, which serve as qualifiers for Arlington's Finals at Trackside Arlington Park on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Each week, 10 qualifiers will be determined at Arlington Park/Trackside Arlington Park, while four finalists will qualify for the November 10 competition at each of the other four OTB locations. In addition, weekly prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants at each of the five sites: 1st place - $300 wagering voucher; 2nd place - $150 wagering voucher; and 3rd place - $50 wagering voucher.

Four lucky winners from the final-round competition will win all-expense paid trips to Las Vegas and compete for the $100,000 first prize against top qualifying handicappers from across the country. The quartet also will compete as Team Arlington in the team competition.

The finals will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in January 2002.

Last year, 204 finalists representing 51 teams (including several from casinos and Web sites) competed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Judy Wagner of Team MGM Grand won the individual competition, netting her a $100,000 first prize and the honor of being crowned NTRA/Daily Racing Form Handicapper of the Year at the Eclipse Awards in New Orleans. In the team competition, Team Maryland Jockey Club took first place.

For the local preliminary rounds this year, entries will be accepted at each location on the four designated Saturdays in September and October. Entry into the contest is free. Official rules are available at each participating location and on Arlington's website -

The format for the preliminary rounds is as follows:

Each contestant will select a horse in each of four designated races from the following tracks: Arlington Park (Races 5-8), Belmont Park (Races 6-9) and Calder Race Course (Races 7-10) and enter a guess on the value of the Arlington Park eighth race exacta payoff, which will be used to break all ties. Each entry will be graded and the contestants with the most winning selections will advance to the final round at Trackside Arlington Park on November 10.

A total of up to 104 qualifiers will compete for the four entries into the national finals. Contestants may participate all four weeks, which may decrease that number.

For further information on the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, see the NTRA website at

Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run its 102-day live racing meet from June 13 through October 28, 2001. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- Trackside at Arlington Park, Quad City Downs and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at

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