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INAUGURAL 'ARLINGTON MILLION TURF CHALLENGE’ BEGINS AUG. 9
Online Game for Track’s International Festival of Racing Offers VIP package for 2007 Million
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 2, 2006) – Arlington Park will offer for the first time in 2006 the “Arlington Million Turf Challenge,” an online fantasy sports game that allows racing fans to select a stable of International Festival of Racing starters, which will open for registration on Aug. 9, 2006. Located at www.arlingtonpark.com, the game will offer the 2006 grand prize winner a VIP package for two (2) to the 25th running of the Arlington Million in 2007.
"Arlington Million Turf Challenge" players earn points based on how well their fantasy stable performs during the Arlington Million, Beverly D. Stakes and Secretariat Stakes, the three Grade I races that comprise Arlington’s International Festival of Racing on Saturday, Aug. 12.
"The Arlington Million Turf Challenge is free to play, and is a fun and challenging way for fans to participate in the excitement of the International Festival of Racing," said Arlington Park President Colonel Roy Arnold. "The game is an excellent way to link our online initiatives with Arlington Park’s premiere racing product, the Arlington Million."
Players create their fantasy stables by selecting eight (8) horses from the complete entries for the Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes, as well as two trainers and one jockey. Stables earn points based on how well they perform in the three races.
The player who earns the most points at the end of the game will receive a VIP trip for two to the 2007 Arlington Million, including airfare and hotel accommodations, a private backstretch tour, a trip to the paddock on Million Day, parking and dining, also a $500 wagering voucher and an exclusive Arlington Million gift bag.
Second place earns $750, third place $500, fourth place $250. For a complete prize listing, please visit www.arlingtonpark.com.
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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