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HANDICAPPER McMANNIS TO APPEAR AT TRACKSIDE HODGKINS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Dec. 6, 2007) – Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis will conduct special handicapping seminars at the new Trackside Hodgkins, located inside Salerno-Pincente Ristorante at 9301 W. 63rd Street in Hodgkins on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 22. McMannis will be on hand both days from 12:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the Hawthorne Race Course card at approximately 5 p.m.
McMannis, who also serves as Midwest Correspondent for Horseplayer Magazine, will hold a one-hour preview of the day’s Hawthorne card from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., and will be available the rest of the afternoon to discuss wagering strategies as well as handicapping principles in general.
“I have loved teaching about horseracing and handicapping in a variety of venues for more than 25 years,” McMannis said. “Now I am especially excited about assisting Arlington Park in launching this state-of-the-art facility in Hodgkins.”
In addition to the McMannis appearance, vouchers totaling $200 will be given away to selected participants each day.
McMannis’ appearances are being held in conjunction with the facility’s Grand Opening celebrations which begin with the official opening of the off-track wagering location on Thursday, Dec. 13 and continue through the end of the month.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 97-day meet in 2008 from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, Sept. 21. 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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