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Contact: Allison Donahue/Susie Gura, Serafin & Associates (312) 943-1955
Arlington Park seeks new on-track television co-host
Arlington Park announces search for female TV Jockey
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 9, 2006) -- Arlington Park Racetrack has announced a nationwide talent search for a new, female “TV Jockey” to replace Christine Gabriel and serve as co-host with Arlington announcer John Dooley and other horse racing experts for the track’s on-site and simulcast television program. The position is open to women at all levels of experience and knowledge about horse racing to serve as co-host on the daily racing program that runs throughout the racing season. The live show airs at Arlington Park and at Off-Track Betting facilities throughout the world for 5 hours each racing day.
“Arlington Park is always striving to stay the nation’s premier racetrack by catering to both loyal racing fans and attracting new fans to the sport. I look forward to working with our new TV Jockey to make our on-site and simulcast television program the most educational, informative and entertaining show of its kind,” said Richard L. Duchossois, chairman of Arlington Park.
Applicants are asked to send a 3-5 minute tape to Arlington Park detailing why she would make a great host. Please send a VHS tape and resume by 5 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2006. Entries should be mailed to: Susie Gura, Serafin & Associates, 409 W. Huron St., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60610.
Creativity, style and vocal performance will be evaluated to select applicants for a final interview round. Finalists will be announced on Monday, March 27, 2006 and must be available for a call back on Thursday, March 30, 2006. The new host will be selected in early April and must be ready to go by Arlington’s opening day, May 5, 2006, which falls the day before the Kentucky Derby. For complete rules, application and talent search information, please visit www.arlingtonpark.com.
The new host will replace Christine Gabriel, who left Arlington Park to join her husband Frank Gabriel, who is now employed by the Dubai Racing Club.
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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