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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 25, 2007) – Arlington Park and the Village of Arlington Heights will kick off the first of seven planned Community Weekends at the track this season from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 in conjunction with Valvoline Instant Oil Change Opening Weekend featuring the simulcasts of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 5, is the Official Arlington Heights Appreciation Day.

“We are extremely pleased that we are able to kick off the first Community Weekend with our hometown of Arlington Heights,” said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. “The Village has been instrumental in the success and growth of Arlington Park over the past 80 years.”

Arlington Heights Community Weekend will be highlighted by the Official Arlington Heights Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 5 when the first race in Arlington’s 2007 Starter Series will be named for the community and the trophy presentation following the race will be made to the winning connections by the Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Muldar.

Also on Derby Day, May 5, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 60th Anniversary Celebration in the International Room at Arlington Park. The event, which includes a lunch buffet and open bar, is open to all members of the public with tickets priced at $65 per person. To order tickets or for additional information on the Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration visit their Web site at or contact Jon Ridler at 847/253-1703.

In addition, the Village’s municipal agencies will be represented by an Arlington Heights fire truck, prisoner transport vehicle and their new police cruiser, which will all be displayed in the park area at the track.

Arlington Heights residents are eligible for two free admissions passes good on any day from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 with an option of an upgrade to include a specially discounted Bistro Lunch on Official Arlington Heights Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 5. Tickets and the Bistro Lunch upgrade are available either on the web at or by calling the track at 847/385-7550. All tickets must be mailed to an Arlington Heights address.

Following is a list of the special entertainment planned for Arlington Heights Community Weekend

Friday, May 4 Opening Day Ceremonies (First Post - 3 p.m.)
Simulcast of Kentucky Oaks from Churchill Downs
Miller Lite Party in the Park, featuring live music by Naked
American Airlines Sweepstakes (2 free tickets in continental U.S.)

Saturday, May 5 Official Arlington Heights Appreciation Day (First Post – 1 p.m.)
Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary Celebration (International Room)
Simulcast of Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs
Summer Bash & BBQ, featuring live music from Goin’ South and BBQ Weekly Special – beer marinated jumbo bratwurst
Derbypalooza in the Park Area, featuring Euro Bungy, mechanical bull, stilt walkers, jugglers, magician (Noon – 4 p.m.)
American Airlines Sweepstakes (2 free tickets in continental U.S.)

Sunday, May 6 (First Post – 1 p.m.)
Pepsi Family Day, featuring Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and Face Painters
Junior Jockey Club – Make a Derby Hat (Children 12 and under)
Mr. D’s Magic and Illusion Show (Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Park Area)

Additional entertainment planned for the entire weekend in the Park Area – Friday, May 4 through Saturday, May 5 – includes:

Valvoline # 10 NASCAR Show Car
Cash Cube filled with mutuel vouchers
Roving entertainment

Arlington Park, which celebrates both its 80th anniversary and the 25th running of the Grade I Arlington Million this season, will host Community Appreciation Weekends for seven local municipalities in 2007: Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg.

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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