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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 21, 2008) – Arlington Park will kick off the first Junior Jockey Club event of the season opening weekend May 4, 2008. The Junior Jockey Club offers children 12 and under hands-on activities about how to care for horses, what it takes to be a jockey, equine health and much more.

"Over the years, the Junior Jockey Club has proven to be a great way for children to learn about horses and to experience all that Arlington Park has to offer," said Roy Arnold, president of Arlington Park. "In addition, it's a great way for kids to get involved with something unique and different during their summer break."

Children interested in joining the Junior Jockey Club can sign up at the Junior Jockey Club tent every Sunday. Membership is free and children 17 and under are always admitted free to Arlington Park. All Junior Jockey Club activities take place in the Paddock area unless otherwise stated. Please check for updates.

The 2008 Junior Jockey Club schedule follows:

Date Educational Events
May 4 – Make a Derby Hat
May 11 – Mother's Day Craft
May 18 – How to Care for a Horse
May 25 – Jockey & Valet Show & Tell
June 1 – Meet the Track Announcer
June 8 – Meet the Jockey Colony
June 15 – Father's Day Craft
June 22 – Blacksmith Day
June 29 – Jocks View of the Track
July 6 – Equine Dentist
July 13 – Starting Gate Tour
July 20 – Meet the Jockey Colony
July 27 – Track Show & Tell
Aug. 3 – Jocks View of the Track
Aug. 10 – Design Your Own Silks
Aug. 17 – Meet a Trainer Backstretch Tour
Aug. 24 – Back to School Days Giveaway
Aug. 31 – Meet the Veterinarian
Sept. 7 – Paddock Tour
Sept. 14 – Starting Gate Tour
Sept. 21 – Junior Jockey Club Party

For more information about the educational events or Arlington Park, call the Junior Jockey Club hotline at (847) 870-6614.

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





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