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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 17, 2001) -- The Father's Day attendance of 26,153 at Arlington Park was the highest attendance at any racetrack in the country on Sunday.

"Father's Day at Arlington Park was a huge success and the culmination of an outstanding opening week," said Scott Mordell, Chief Executive Officer of Arlington Park. "Having the largest attendance in the nation today during our opening weekend gets us off to a great start for the summer racing season in Chicago."

In addition, the on-track handle of $1,304,740 was second best in the nation behind Hollywood Park. Overall, $3,747,599 was wagered on Arlington's live races from all sources.

This year's crowd surpassed last year's Father's Day attendance of 25,613 by 540, on-track handle increased by $56,341 from $1,248,399 in 2000 and total handle on Arlington's 10 live races from all sources rose by $890,024 compared to $2,857,575 a year ago.

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 five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" at Arlington Park (Arlington Heights) and Quad City Downs (East Moline), and in Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at

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