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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Sunday Club for Children 12 and Under Returns in 2006

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 12, 2006) -- Arlington Park's Junior Jockey Club is back for its fifth season in 2006 with a schedule of events that introduces children to the majesty of the Thoroughbred and the pageantry of horse racing.

The Junior Jockey Club, open to children 12 and under, educates children about Arlington Park and horses through hands-on activities and giveaways. With parental consent, the Junior Jockey Club is free to join at the Junior Jockey Club tent at Arlington on Sundays. As part of the club, kids receive four free newsletters during the racing season highlighting club activities, horse terminology and upcoming events.

Junior Jockey Club events are held from noon until 4 p.m. in the Park area (unless noted otherwise) on Pepsi Family Day Sundays from May 7 through Sept. 10. Some events require pre-registration on the Junior Jockey Club hotline (847) 870-6614. Members who attend five or more Junior Jockey events during 2006 will be invited to the Junior Jockey Club party at the end of the season. Children 17 and under are always admitted free to Arlington Park.

The complete schedule of Junior Jockey Club events follows:

Date Theme Time Location
May 7 Horse Nutrition Noon – 4 p.m. Park
May 14 Equine Dentist 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Paddock
May 21 Meet the Jockeys/Goggle Giveaway Noon – 1 p.m. Park
May 28 Track Show & Tell 11:30 a.m.- Noon Winner’s Circle
June 4 Junior Jockey Club Game Day Noon – 4 p.m. Park
June 11 Jock's View of the Track* 11:45 a.m. Meet at the Winner's Circle
June 18 Father's Day Craft Noon – 4 p.m. Park
June 25 Blacksmith Day/Horseshoe Giveaway 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Paddock
July 2 Giveaway Day Noon – 4 p.m. Park
July 9 How to Care for a Horse 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Paddock
July 16 Meet the Veterinarian 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Paddock
July 23 Jockey & Valet Show & Tell 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Paddock
July 30 Starting Gate Tour* TBA Meet at the Paddock
Aug. 6 Re-Run Day Noon – 4 p.m. Paddock
Aug. 13 Horse of a Different Color 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Paddock
Aug. 20 Equine Massage Therapist 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Paddock
Aug. 27 Back to School Days Noon – 4 p.m. Park
Sept. 3 Meet a Trainer Backstretch Tour* 1 p.m Meet at the Paddock
Sept. 10 Junior Jockey Club Party Noon – 4 p.m. Park

* Denotes pre-registration required.

For more details on individual Junior Jockey Club themes, visit the Junior Jockey Club page on Arlington Park’s Web site at:

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





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