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GABRIEL TO LEAVE ARLINGTON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 19, 2005) -- Richard L. Duchossois, chairman of Arlington Park, announced today that Frank Gabriel Jr. will be leaving his position as Executive Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary to work for the Dubai Racing Club.
"Frank has been a key executive in the success of Arlington Park, and we will miss him," said Duchossois. "For Frank to be selected by the esteemed Dubai Racing Club speaks volumes to the reputation of the international racing program Frank was instrumental in developing at Arlington Park. We wish him well in his new position."
"Working for Mr. Duchossois and Churchill Downs, Inc. has given me incredible opportunities, and I will forever be grateful," said Gabriel. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Arlington Park. I'm especially proud of introducing Arlington's renowned service to local and international horse owners and trainers. It's been a great privilege for me to be involved every year in the Arlington Million and numerous stakes races, particularly the Citation Challenge."
Gabriel joined Arlington Park in 1989 and has served in various capacities. His dedication and vision have been the driving force of racing excellence behind the Citation Challenge, the 2002 Breeders' Cup and the memorable racing program of last Saturday's 20th Anniversary of the Miracle Million.
Gabriel also served as Director of Racing for the New York Racing Association (1998-1999), and rose through the ranks at many of the country's premier racing venues including Garden State, Atlantic City, Hialeah Park and Meadowlands.
Gabriel is currently a member of the Graded Stakes Committee, Chairman of the North American Ratings Committee, Breeders' Cup Selection Committee and a subcommittee of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authority.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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