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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 18, 2008) – Daily Herald handicapper and Arlington Park odds maker Joe Kristufek will be on hand “talking horses” at Trackside OTB locations on selected weekend days during the first half of 2008.

This will be the second such OTB tour for Kristufek, the leading public handicapper in money won seven of the last eight Arlington Park meets. Kristufek will be available to answer questions and help patrons fine tune their handicapping skills in a casual environment.

“I enjoyed getting out to the Trackside OTBs last fall and sharing handicapping theories and ideas with fans of all levels, particularly in a casual, interactive setting,” Kristufek said. “With the road to this year’s Kentucky Derby underway, I'm particularly looking forward to spending time with people who love horseracing and talk about the major Derby preps.”

The tour of Trackside OTBs begins next weekend with an appearance at Trackside McHenry located inside Nicolino’s Restaurant at 621 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, on Saturday, January 26 from 12:30 pm until 4:30 pm.

The complete tour schedule follows:

Saturday, Jan. 26 Trackside McHenry 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 16 Trackside South Elgin 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 23 Trackside Lockport 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 8 Trackside Hodgkins 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, March 22 Trackside Rockford 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, March 29 Trackside Chicago 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, April 5 Trackside Waukegan 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, April 12 Trackside Hodgkins 1 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, April 19 Trackside Homewood 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday, May 1 Trackside Arlington Park 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Friday, May 9 Trackside Homewood 2 pm – 6 pm
Friday, May 16 Trackside McHenry 2 pm – 6 pm
Friday, June 6 Trackside South Elgin 2 pm – 6 pm

Kristufek’s May 1 appearance at Trackside Arlington Park will be a special seminar handicapping the Grade I Kentucky Oaks and the Grade I Kentucky Derby, presented by Yum! Brands, and will feature additional guest handicappers. In addition, Kristufek and his guests will preview the 2008 Arlington Park season, which starts the following day.

For addresses and directions, visit

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





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