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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Popular Sunday Promotion Includes Weekly Themes

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 18, 2007) – One of the best ways for a family to spend a Sunday afternoon together is at Arlington Park. Every Sunday from May 6 through Sept. 16 is a Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald, which returns for the 2007 season with a special theme each week that the entire family can enjoy.

As part of Arlington’s celebration of the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Opening Weekend festivities, which includes the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby the day before, children will be invited to “Make a Derby Hat” on Sunday, May 6. Mardi Gras, On the Farm and Circus theme days are just a few of the other great ways that Mom and Dad can spend time with the kids. In addition, all the favorite Family Day staples from years past -- pony rides, petting zoo and face painters -- are back.

Also on selected Sundays, the children can sign up and participate in Arlington Park’s Junior Jockey Club, which is open to kids 12 and under. The Junior Jockey Club, which is free to join, educates children about Arlington Park and horse racing through hands-on activities and giveaways.

Children 17 and under are always admitted free to Arlington Park. Junior Jockey Club events are held on selected Pepsi Family Day Sundays and some events require pre-registration on the Junior Jockey Club hotline (847) 870-6614.

Beginning in June, Arlington fans can look for specially-marked Mountain Dew cans, and starting in August, Pepsi cans at local retail outlets, featuring a free admission to Arlington Park redeemable on any Sunday during the 2007 racing season.

The entire theme schedule for Pepsi Family Day follows:

Date Theme
May 6 Make a Derby Hat
May 13 Exotic Animal Show
May 20 Irish Dancing
May 27 Rope Warrior
June 3 Game Show Trivia Blitz
June 10 Medieval Times Day
June 17 Father’s Day
June 24 Santa Comes to Town
July 1 Military Day
July 8 Treasure Hunt
July 15 Fun with Science
July 22 Fiesta in the Park
July 29 Mardi Gras
Aug. 5 South Seas Dancing
Aug. 12 Cowboys & Horses
Aug. 19 Back to School
Aug. 26 Horse Drawing & Crafts
Sept. 2 Hip Hop Dancing
Sept. 9 Circus
Sept. 16 On the Farm

For more details on individual Pepsi Family Day themes, check the online calendar at

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





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