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TRACKSIDE COMES TO NEW HODGKINS, ILLINOIS RESTAURANT
Off Track Wagering Facility Part of New Salerno-Pincente Ristorante
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Dec. 10, 2007) – When Salerno-Pincente Ristorante officially opens its doors to the public for a Grand Opening celebration at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, not only will Hodgkins boast one of the finest Italian restaurants in the area, it will become host to Illinois’ newest Trackside Off-Track Wagering operation.
The first 100 wagering customers on Dec. 13 will receive a free Mystery Mutuel Voucher worth from $5 - $200, valid that day only. Highlighting opening day activities will be appearances by WSCR (The SCORE) morning host Mike North, who will be on hand from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.; by Daily Herald handicapper and Arlington Park linemaker Joe Kristufek from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.; and by the Absolut Vodka Girls from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
In addition, all guests that day will receive one free simulcast program as well as free appetizers from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Giveaways will continue throughout Trackside Hodgkins’ opening weekend with free simulcast programs (one per customer per day) and special Arlington Park giveaways each day through Sunday, Dec. 16.
For the rest of December, there will be special “pop-up” giveaway prizes at the mutuel terminals each day including vouchers for prizes including a free Daily Racing Form, a free simulcast program, a free Illinois track program, $10 betting vouchers or 1,000 Twin Spires Club points.
Chicago Sun-Times handicapper Scott McMannis will make appearances at Trackside Hodgkins from 12:30 p.m. until the end of Hawthorne’s card on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 22, and Kristufek will make a second appearance on Saturday, Dec. 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The 4,700 sq. ft. sports bar and simulcast wagering area located within the 12,700 sq. ft. restaurant features a total of 61 high definition televisions including thirteen 42-inch Plasma televisions, sixteen 50-inch Plasma receivers and one 63-inch Plasma monitor. Wagering will be available at any of 12 betting terminals featuring the latest technology. The sports bar area can seat approximately 145 people while a private VIP area is available for use by top level Twin Spires Club members. The restaurant’s main dining areas can seat about 170 people.
Owned by Andrew Salerno and Frank Pincente, Hodgkins’ newest fine Italian dining establishment the Salerno-Pincente Ristorante, featuring Trackside Off-Track Wagering, is conveniently located at 9301 W. 63rd Street in Hodgkins, just off LaGrange Road and only minutes from Interstates 55 and 294. Open seven days per week, the Salerno-Pincente Ristorante has ample parking and will offer valet service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 708-922-9200.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 96-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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