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ILLINOIS RACING BOARD APPROVES ARLINGTON REQUEST FOR VILLA PARK OFF-TRACK WAGERING OPERATION
Racetrack to Again Partner with Salerno-Pincente Ristorante
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 11, 2008) – The Illinois Racing Board approved at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 11, a request by Arlington Park to open a Trackside off-track wagering operation inside Salerno-Pincente Ristorante to be built on the grounds of North Park Mall, 270 W. North Ave. in Villa Park with a Fall 2008 opening planned.
“We are very excited to be bringing a sports bar and restaurant with a horse racing theme to the Village of Villa Park’s redevelopment of the North Avenue corridor,” said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. “We look forward to becoming a valued part of the Villa Park community.”
This will be the second such joint venture between Arlington Park and Salerno-Pincente, whose restaurant in Hodgkins which opened in December 2007 also includes Trackside off-track wagering services.
The Villa Park joint venture will be housed in a single-story building of approximately 10,000 square feet which will consist of a dining room with a separate sports bar/off-track wagering area that will feature some 45 state-of-the-art television monitors and 12 next-generation wagering terminals.
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 11 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, The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Rookies featuring Trackside OTB in Homewood and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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