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Arlington Park's Live Racing Meet to Open Later This Year -- Wednesday, June 13

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 8, 2001) -- Arlington Park's traditional opening, usually held on Mother's Day, will be different in 2001. A new racing schedule, that begins a month later with opening day scheduled for the Wednesday (June 13) before Father's Day and runs through Sunday, Oct. 28, has led to unique plans for Chicago's premier racing venue. Arlington Park will have humans circling the racetrack rather than horses on Mother's Day weekend -- Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.

"Mother's Day at Arlington Park had become a favorite tradition for many of our fans," said Arlington Park Chief Executive Officer Scott Mordell. "With the change in our racing dates to mid-June through the end of October this year, we wanted to find something very special to do for this Mother's Day. The American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life" is a unique way that all of us at Arlington can join in with the community to contribute to the fight against this deadly disease that touches everyone."

On Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, twelve local communities from Arlington Heights, Barrington, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights and Wheeling will participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life on the track at Arlington Park. The American Cancer Society's signature, national event is an overnight team relay that raises both awareness and funds in the battle against cancer.

Opening ceremonies begin on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., the relay kicks off with a "cancer survivors" lap on the racetrack in front of the grandstand at Arlington Park. A special memorial Luminaria Ceremony, which involves the lighting of Luminaria to remember those who lost their fight against cancer, takes place at 10 p.m. Closing ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. with the conclusion of the relay at 8 a.m.

For further information about participation in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Arlington Park, call 847/358-3965. The 24-hour, toll free number for the American Cancer Society is 1-800-ACS-2345.

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 at -- 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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