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ARLINGTON PARK TO RUN FROM MAY 4 TO SEPT. 16
Meet to be Split into Four-Day and Five-Day Weeks
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 19, 2006) – The Illinois Racing Board (IRB) awarded Arlington Park 94 racing dates from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007 in an announcement made on Tuesday, Sept. 19. In addition, the IRB designated Arlington Park as the host track for simulcasting during the dark days from Jan. 2 to Feb. 15, 2007, when there is no live racing in Illinois.
From opening day on Friday, May 4 through Saturday, June 16, Arlington Park will race four days per week, running Thursdays through Sundays. From Sunday, June 17 through the end of the meet on Sunday, Sept. 16, racing will be five days per week Wednesdays through Sundays. There will also be special holiday racing on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28 – and Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 3.
“In order for Illinois racing to improve and grow, it’s important that both Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course have the opportunity to be successful,” said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. “The dates awarded by the IRB have given both of us that opportunity.”
Regarding the six weeks of four-day racing in May and June, Arnold added, “By racing four days a week during May and the first two weeks of June, we’re confident that we’ll have larger fields running for higher purses during that time frame.”
The first two days of the 2007 Arlington racing season will coincide with the simulcasts from Churchill Downs of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 4 and the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5. The following weekend on Sunday, May 14, Arlington Park will again host live racing on Mother’s Day.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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