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Contact: Dan Leary
ARLINGTON PARK TOTE BOARD CATCHES FIRE AFTER RACES
WILL NOT AFFECT SUNDAY RACING - FIRST POST SCHEDULED FOR 1 P.M.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 12, 2004) -- Following the 10th and final race at Arlington Park on Saturday, the Arlington Park tote board, located in the infield, caught fire. All of the horses from the last race were off the racetrack and most of the patrons had left the building when smoke was detected by a security officer in the winner's circle at approximately 5:45 p.m. There was no evacuation and there were no injuries.
The Arlington Heights Fire and Police Departments responded and the fire was extinguished.
Racing will resume as scheduled on Sunday, June 13, with the first post time scheduled for 1 p.m. Arlington Park's in-house television and giant screen television in the infield will be utilized to disseminate the wagering, odds, results and prices information normally displayed on the tote board, which will not be operational.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Arlington Heights Fire Department.
Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., is running a 96-day meet in 2004 from Friday, May 14 through Sunday, Sept. 19. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities - Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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