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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner
Dzenner@arlingtonpark.com

ARLINGTON PARK AND TRACKSIDE OTB TO HOLD TWO DRF/NTRA HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS IN 2006

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb. 16, 2006) -- Arlington Park and its affiliated network of Illinois Trackside OTB facilities will offer handicappers from throughout the Midwest and nationwide two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship to be held in Las Vegas in January 2007. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will offer a minimum of $20,000 in cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2006 offered more than $500,000 in prize money.

Team Trackside Illinois 2006 will be crowned at a qualifying tournament to be held at Trackside Arlington Park on Saturday, April 8. Registration for the contest, which will be limited to 200 entries with a maximum of two entries per person, costs $150 for Twin Spires Club Members and $200 for non-members. Entries will be available online and at any Illinois Trackside OTB location beginning March 8, or by calling Lindsay Heil at Arlington Park at (847) 385-7796.

Team Arlington Park berths will be awarded at a qualifying tournament to be held at the track on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, the final Sunday of the 2006 racing season. Registration for the contest, which will be limited to 300 entries with a maximum of two entries per person, costs $150 for Twin Spires Club Members and $200 for non-members. Entries will be available online, at the track and at any Illinois Trackside OTB location beginning August 16, or by calling Heil.

Format for the popular tournaments will closely mirror the format used by the NTRA in the national championship where contestants will make mythical $10 win and place wagers on six mandatory races and six races that may be chosen by the contestant from a list of selected racetracks. The mandatory races will be from the Hawthorne Race Course card for the April contest and from Arlington Park's live card for the September tourney. The person with the highest total bankroll after all 12 wagers have been made will be deemed the contest winner.

Top prize for the April tournament is $11,000 and a berth in the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Challenge. Second-place finisher takes home $5,000 and earns a berth in the national contest. Third-place will receive $3,000 and a national contest berth while the fourth-place finisher will win $1,000. A similar prize structure will be offered in September with any money remaining after contest expenses are paid added to the prize structure.

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 94-day meet in 2006 from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, Sept. 12. 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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