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ARLINGTON PARK SEARCHES FOR GUEST BUGLERS TO PLAY THE 2008 SEASON
Talent Search To Discover Guest Amateur and Professional Buglers
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 28, 2008) – Arlington Park, one of the crown jewels of the horse racing industry, is conducting a Chicago-area search for at least one guest track bugler to call the Thoroughbreds to the post during their 81st season. Arlington Park is one of the few racetracks to utilize a live bugler when calling the horses to the post.
The visible position of track bugler has become vacant with the departure of highly respected musician Bonny Brown, who has served in the position since 2003 and has relocated to Texas to pursue other music and entertainment interests.
"Bonny Brown will be missed. She is an accomplished musician and bugler. But, we look forward to having her back as a guest bugler for opening day May 2 and for our World's Largest Kentucky Derby Party May 3 and the Arlington Million on Aug. 9," said Roy Arnold, president of Arlington Park.
Tryouts for the guest track bugler position will take place Thursday, May 8 after the last race (approximately 5:30 p.m.) in the Winner's Circle. Tryouts will be judged by track officials. The lucky winners will make their debut Mother's Day weekend.
Contestants must be 18 years of age or older and must be available to play between the races on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season as well as holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. The positions may have television exposure, as a number of Arlington Park's signature races are televised to a national audience. Interested contestants need to show up with their own bugle or trumpet for the auditions and should enter the track through the Grandstand entrance via the Wilke Road gate.
At the tryout, contestants will be asked to play the traditional bugle call, their own "jazzed-up" rendition of a bugle call and a 30-second piece of their choice. Contestants will also need to answer a simple question - "Why should Arlington choose them to be a guest bugler?" Contestants will be judged in five categories - appearance, note accuracy, sound quality, creativity and personality.
Bonny Brown will serve as guest bugler May 2 and May 3 and for the Arlington Million Saturday, Aug. 9. Brown will also appear with her band Gizzae as part of the Miller Lite Party in the Park on Friday, May 30.
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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