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ARLINGTON AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE INCREASES BY 0.5% IN 2005
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 18, 2005) -- The 94-day 2005 Arlington Park race meet, run from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, concluded with a 0.5-percent increase in average daily attendance compared to the 2004 meet of 96 days. This is the fourth consecutive year that Arlington Park has shown an increase in average daily attendance.
This year, total attendance was 715,023 versus 726,923 for the 96-day meet last year. Average daily attendance for the 94-day season rose to 7,607 compared with 7,572 in 2004.
"We continue to be proud and grateful that patrons, horsemen and employees alike seem to enjoy their experience at Arlington Park," said Arlington Park President Cliff Goodrich. "Our main goal is always to build our on-track fan base and grow the sport. With less purse money to work with this year, it was a greater challenge to present a high-quality racing product in an ever-growing competitive environment. Nevertheless, I think we were able to offer competitive racing, especially with the increased focus on our world-class turf course."
A complete meet ending release including wagering information will be available on Monday, September 19, 2005.
On the track, owner Frank C. Calabrese earned his sixth consecutive title as the meet's leading owner with 64 wins, more than five times the total of runner-up Nancy A. Vanier, who posted 11 victories.
Trainer Wayne Catalano beat his own single-season mark of 64 wins set in 2002 with 69 trips to the winner's circle. Chris Block and Christine Janks tied for second with 31 wins apiece.
Shaun Bridgmohan was the meet's leading jockey with 132 victories in his first season of competition at Arlington. Longtime Chicago-based reinsman Chris Emigh was second in the standings with 82 wins.
Following is a comparison of 2005 and 2004 attendance at Arlington Park:
Year Race Days Attendance Avg. Daily Attendance
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- completed its 94-day meet in 2005 on 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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