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INSTALLATION OF POLYTRACK SURFACE BEGINS TODAY
Final Phase of $11 Million Project Underway
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 29, 2007) – The final phase of Arlington Park’s $11 million project to replace the track’s traditional dirt surface with a state-of-the-art synthetic surface began today at 12:30 p.m. with the first installment of the Polytrack surface being placed on Arlington’s mile and an eighth main track.
The Polytrack surface is comprised of sand, synthetic fibers and recycled rubber that are combined and coated with a microcrystalline wax, which ensures that water flows vertically through it to the specially designed sub-surface drainage system to provide a safer, more consistent racing surface.
Following the December 2006 announcement that Arlington would become the first racetrack in the Midwest to install a synthetic racing surface, the project began with the removal of 14,000 tons of dirt that comprised the cushion and surface pad of the old surface.
Once the surface and pad were removed, approximately 11,000 tons of the track’s limestone base was removed and then the sub-base of the track was graded.
The next step in the process included trenching and the installation of more than four miles of irrigation pipe and nine miles of perforated drainage pipe which is covered by 4,000 tons of four- inch deep graded drainage stone. The top layer of the base, 711,000 square feet of two-inch deep porous asphalt, was then applied to cover the drainage stone.
The drainage system is designed to move water vertically through the Polytrack surface, porous asphalt and clean drainage stone directly into the perforated drainage pipes.
With the base and drainage system installation complete, the installment of 20,500 tons of Polytrack material is expected to continue for approximately two weeks. Arlington Park’s main track will open for training on Wednesday, April 25, as the horses prepare for the track’s opening day of its 94-day season on Friday, May 4.
Arlington Park Polytrack Surface Installation Facts and Figures
Chronological Steps of Polytrack Base and Surface Installation
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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