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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


$100,000 Gross Trifecta Pool On All Weekend Turf Races

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 27, 2005) -- Arlington Park, long known for world class turf racing topped by the Grade I Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing, will showcase its world renown grass course in a new way for the 2005 season by offering the Turf Trifecta, a $100,000 guaranteed gross trifecta pool offered on every race that is actually run on the turf at Arlington Park on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, subject to normal Illinois Racing Board rules on trifecta wagering, which require at least six betting interests in non-stakes races and at least five betting interests in stakes races.

"Our customers have told us that they enjoy wagering on turf races," said Arlington Executive Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary Frank G. Gabriel Jr. in announcing the special wager. "Horses tend to run truer to form on turf and since horsemen enjoy turf racing, turf races tend to have fuller fields than dirt races."

The trifecta, a wager requiring a bettor to correctly select the top three finishers in order, was implemented at Arlington in 1971 and in more than three decades, the wager has grown in popularity. Initially offered only on the final race of the day, the trifecta is routinely available on all races which qualify under Illinois Racing Board rules.

Other wagering improvements for the 2005 season include changes to the minimum wager for Daily Double and superfecta bets.

Daily Double wheels and partial wheels can now be made on Arlington Park races for $1. Previously, the minimum for all Daily Double wagers was $2, which remains the minimum for a straight Daily Double ticket.

A Superfecta bet, which requires a bettor to select the top four finishers in exact order, can now be made for as little as a dime, allowing a customer to make more combinations without having to spend a lot of money. For example, to box four horses in a superfecta would cost $2.40 (24 combinations at 10-cents each). The payoff for a 10-cent superfecta wager will be approximately one-tenth of the one-dollar payoff (rounded off to the nearest 10-cent increment for breakage.)

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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