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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Dec. 19, 2000) - Arlington Park announced the details of its 2001 stakes schedule that was approved by the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday. Arlington's 2001 schedule, which increases the total number of stakes from 26 to 29, will complement its new dates structure from June 13 to Oct. 28, 2001.

"We think that we've been able to put together a more attractive stakes schedule for 2001," said Arlington Park Chief Executive Officer Scott Mordell. "The three additional stakes, the new Million Preview Day, an additional Breeders' Cup national stakes race, another international exchange race and the return of both the International Festival of Racing and the Prairie State Festival, all promise to continue the growth of racing in Illinois next year."

The three new stakes will be the $100,000 added Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile (for Three-Year-Olds & Up on Turf) on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3; the $75,000 Manila Stakes (for Two-Year-Olds at a Mile on Turf) on Saturday, Oct. 20; and the closing day $75,000 Estrapade Handicap (for Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old and Up at One Mile and a Sixteenth on Turf) on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Sea O'Erin adds a third Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program race to the 2001 Arlington schedule.

Another significant addition to the 2001 stakes schedule will be "Million Preview Day" on Saturday, July 28, featuring three Grade 3 stakes - the $250,000 Arlington Handicap, $150,000 Modesty Handicap and $125,000 Round Table Stakes.

International Festival of Racing Day, with Illinois' only three Grade 1 stakes - the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes and the Beverly D. - will be run on Saturday, Aug. 18. The Prairie State Festival, with six stakes for Illinois breds, returns for its second year on Saturday, June 23.

Arlington also announced that the Arlington Oaks will be renamed the Singapore Plate as part of an international race exchange with the Singapore Jockey Club and will be run on Saturday, Aug. 11. In addition, the distance for the Saturday, July 21 Washington Park Handicap (Three-Year-Olds and Up) will be increased from 1 1/8 miles to 1 mile and a quarter, making it a more attractive race in the national stakes schedule.

Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000. Arlington Park, a featured product of the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network (CDSN), also operates off-track, simulcast-wagering facilties at Arlington Park, Quad City Downs and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at

2001 Stakes schedule



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