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ARLINGTON PARK UNVEILS 25TH ARLINGTON MILLION LOGO
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 14, 2007) – Arlington Park has unveiled its official logo for the 25th running of the Arlington Million, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 as part of the track’s International Festival of Racing.
The 25th Arlington Million logo, which was designed by Hoffman York, Arlington Park’s advertising agency in Chicago, takes the familiar globe and running horse theme of the traditional Arlington Million logo and gives it a new twist. In honor of the race’s 25th running, silver becomes the dominant color with the word MILLION embossed in gold. The special logo will be featured on officially licensed Arlington Million merchandise.
“The Arlington Million 25th anniversary logo celebrates the most historic international turf race run in the United States,” said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. “The Million has been the showcase for some of the greatest horses, owners, trainers and jockeys ever to compete in racing.”
The Arlington Million was inaugurated in 1981 as Thoroughbred racing’s first million-dollar race and the 2007 Million will be run on Saturday, Aug. 11, along with the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes – Illinois’ only three Grade I events.
Many of the world’s finest turf specialists have captured the Arlington Million, including the venerable John Henry who won the inaugural running at age six in 1981 and repeated as Million champion as a 9-year-old in 1984.
In 1985, just 25 days before the race was to be run, a fire burned the original Arlington Park grandstand to the ground. A dedicated team worked around the clock and more than 35,000 fans turned out to watch the “Miracle Million” as the race came to be known, from tents and temporary facilities.
Three years later, the Million became the first Grade I race to be moved over an international border when the 1988 running was staged at Woodbine Race Course near Toronto, Canada.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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