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CHARLES STEPHENS WINS TRACKSIDE OTB DRF/NTRA HANDICAPPING CONTEST QUALIFIER
Champaign, Illinois Resident Earns $11,000 Winners Share and Berth in DRF/NTRA Contest
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 10, 2006) -- Charles Stephens’s three-hour drive to Arlington Heights proved to be worth every minute as the Champaign, Illinois resident took home top prize of $11,000 in the Trackside OTB DRF/NTRA Handicapping Contest Qualifier. In addition, Stephens earned one of three berths into the DRF/NTRA Handicapping Challenge to be held in Las Vegas in January 2007.
Stephens finished the competition with a bankroll of $382, which was earned by making $10 win or place wagers on 12 races, six of which were mandatory races with the contestant being able to pick the other six races from a selection of tracks.
Finishing second in the local contest, which had 200 entries, was Mark Stanford of Wayne, New Jersey. Stanford, whose bankroll totaled $327, earned $5,000 and a berth in the DRF/NTRA Handicapping Challenge.
Third-place went to Gerry Stoiber of Mokena, Illinois, whose bankroll of $301.50 was a mere half-dollar better than fourth-place finisher Alex Slivensky of Townsend, Wisconsin. Stoiber earned $3,000 and a DRF/NTRA Handicapping Challenge starting berth while Slivensky picked up $1,000.
Arlington Park will host a second DRF/NTRA Handicapping Challenge qualifier on Sunday, Sept. 10 with registration for that tournament to begin on Aug. 16.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 95-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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