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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Calabrese, Catalano and Emigh Finish as Leading Owner, Trainer, Jockey

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 12, 2006) – The 95-day 2006 Arlington Park race meet, run from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2005, concluded with a total attendance of 655,788. In 2005, overall attendance was 715,023 for the 94-day meet.

Average daily attendance for the 95-day season was 6,903 compared with 7,607 in 2005.

“The inordinate amount of rain in Chicago this spring and summer had a negative impact on our attendance during the meet,” said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. “The cold and inclement weather on the big days during the early part of our meet, especially for the Opening Weekend, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and on two of the Triple Crown races days, got us off to a slow start and prevented us from gaining momentum. After the Fourth of July, when the weather was better, the attendance improved but not enough to make up what we had lost earlier.”

A complete meet ending release including wagering information will be available on Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

On the track, owner Frank C. Calabrese earned his seventh consecutive title as the meet’s leading owner with 49 wins, more than three times the total of runner-up 2 Blondes Inc., who posted 14 victories.

Trainer Wayne Catalano earned his second straight training title and his fifth in the last seven years with 48 wins. Frank Kirby second with 31 victories.

Chris Emigh picked up his first Arlington jockey championship with 110 victories. Francisco Torres, competing at Arlington on a full-time basis for the first time since 1994 was second in the standings with 98 wins.

Following is a comparison of 2006 and 2005 attendance at Arlington Park:

Year Race Days Attendance Avg. Daily Attendance
2006 95 655,788 6,903
2005 94 715,023 7,607

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – completed its 95-day meet in 2006 on 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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