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ARLINGTON TO HOST SEVEN COMMUNITY APPRECIATION WEEKENDS AS PART OF THE TRACK’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 25, 2007) – 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 – Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg – in 2007.
“Arlington Park has a long standing commitment to community involvement and it has always been important for us to be a good neighbor,” said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. “We think that this is a great way to show our neighbors from the surrounding communities how much we appreciate their support for the past 80 years.”
Each three-day weekend will be highlighted on Saturday (except Schaumburg on Sunday) with an Official Community Appreciation Day when the featured race will be named for the community and the trophy presentation following the race made by the mayor. In addition, each community will be represented by various municipal agencies, like the police and fire departments, throughout the weekend. Plus there will be special entertainment, displays and fundraising benefits each weekend.
Residents in each of the communities are eligible for two free admissions passes good on any day during the specified weekend, plus the option of an upgrade to include a specially discounted Bistro Lunch on the day of the Official Community Appreciation Day. Tickets and the Bistro Lunch upgrade are available either on the web at www.arlingtonparkevents.com/tickets or by calling the track at 847/385-7550. All tickets must be mailed to an address in the specified town.
Following are the dates for the 2007 Arlington Park Community Weekends:
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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