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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 22, 2005) -- The horses return to Arlington Park Monday, April 25, when the track opens its barn area at 6:00 a.m. sharp. Several outfits are expected to arrive on Monday, the first day the track's barn area is available for stabling.

Trainers from several different locations will be among those expected to arrive Monday including Steve Hobby, who ships from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with 34 horses; Jim Gulick, who will arrive from Ocala, Fla., 16 head; and Lara Van Deren, who invades from Hawthorne Race Course with 18 horses.

Arlington can house 2,140 horses in its stable area that consists of 35 barns. Training on Arlington's 1 1/8-mile main track will begin Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. Training hours on the main track will be 5:30-9 a.m. (with no maintenance break) from Tuesday until Saturday, April 29. Regular training hours of 5:30-10:15 a.m. (with maintenance breaks at 7 and 8:30 a.m.) will commence Sunday, April 30.

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running a 94-day meet in 2005 from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. 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 Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at




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