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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 8, 2004) -- Veteran reinsman Randall Meier will be sidelined for the balance of the Arlington Park season with a broken collarbone following an off-track mini bike mishap on Tuesday, according to his agent Jimmy Ernesto.

Meier, who turned 50 in July, ranks eighth on Arlington's all-time leading rider list with 596 victories here through Monday, Sept. 6. At the current meet, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 19, Meier has 22 wins from 217 mounts and is 14th in the standings.

Ernesto also reports that he will be booking mounts for 10-pound apprentice rider Jose Betancourt, who is expected to accept his first mounts on Friday. In addition, Ernesto will continue to represent journeyman rider Miguel Mena.

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

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