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SEATTLE MAN WINS INAUGURAL ARLINGTON MILLION TURF CHALLENGE FANTASY GAME
Winning Stable Tabs Beverly D. Exacta, Arlington Million& Secretariat Trifectas
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 26, 2006) – Jake Martens of Seattle beat more than 5,700 other contestants to win the Grand Prize of a VIP package for two to the 25th running of the Arlington Million in 2007 when his fantasy stable earned 87 points in the inaugural “Arlington Million Turf Challenge” online fantasy game.
Martens winning stable consisted of the first three finishers in the Grade I Arlington Million – The Tin Man, Cacique and Soldier Hollow; the top three finishers in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes – Showing Up, Ivan Denisovich and Primary; and the one-two runners in the Grade I Beverly D. – Gorella and Film Maker. His selected jockey, Julien Leparoux, rode Beverly D. winner Gorella while his trainers Barclay Tagg and Patrick Biancone scored respectively with Showing Up in the Secretariat and Gorella in the Beverly D. One other stable also earned 87 points but Martens won the Grand Prize by virtue of coming closer with his attendance guess of 29,162 (actual attendance for the Arlington Million was 29,979).
Martens’ complete prize package consisted of 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.
In the "Arlington Million Turf Challenge," players created 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 earned points based on how well they performed in the three races that comprised Arlington’s International Festival of Racing on Saturday, Aug. 12.
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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