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ARLINGTON PARK TO RUN FROM MAY 5 TO SEPT. 14 IN 2006
First Two Weekends Include Simulcast of Kentucky Derby and Return of Mother's Day
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 21, 2005) -- The Illinois Racing Board (IRB) awarded Arlington Park 95 racing dates from Friday, May 5 through Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 in an announcement made on Tuesday, Sept. 20. In addition, the IRB designated Arlington Park as the host track for simulcasting during the dark days, when there is no Thoroughbred racing in Illinois, from Jan. 3 to Feb. 8, 2006.
The first two days of the 2006 Arlington racing season will coincide with the simulcasts from Churchill Downs of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 5 and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6. The following weekend on Sunday, May 14, Mother's Day returns to Arlington Park after a two-year hiatus.
"While licensees seldom receive what they request, we are disappointed not to be allotted more host time when there is no Thoroughbred racing in Illinois," said Arlington Park President Cliff Goodrich. "Also, given our unmatched growth in average daily attendance, we would like to have seen more live days in September.
"Nevertheless, we are happy that the Racing Board awarded us an opening weekend that coincides with the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, which should provide a great start to our 2006 race meeting," continued Goodrich. "In addition, we are pleased that Mother's Day will be returning to Arlington on the second weekend of the season. It has been, and continues to be, a great Arlington tradition."
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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