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HANDICAPPERS PACHECO, McMANNIS & KRISTUFEK TO APPEAR AT TRACKSIDE OTB LOCATIONS DURING AUTUMN MONTHS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2008) – Handicappers Jessica Pacheco, M. Scott McMannis and Joe Kristufek, and Arlington Park track announcer John G. Dooley will be on hand “talking horses” at Trackside OTB locations on selected weekend days during the autumn of 2008.
The Fall 2008 tour of Trackside OTB facilities is third such OTB tour and is being conducted on a grander scale than either of the first two tours with appearances scheduled most Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 26 through Dec. 13.
This will be the first such tour for Dooley and Pacheco, who became Arlington’s on-air paddock show host and handicapper this year; McMannis, the Arlington Park handicapper for the Chicago Sun-Times and Midwest correspondent for HorsePlayer magazine, is making his second tour of Trackside OTB locations; and Kristufek, Arlington’s morning-line maker as well as handicapper for the Daily Herald and horseplayerpro.com, will be making his third trek through the local Trackside facilities.
Each handicapper will bring his or her unique skills to their presentations and in addition to focusing their efforts on that afternoon’s Illinois thoroughbred card from Hawthorne Race Course, they will remain on hand to talk racing, answer questions and help fans hone their handicapping skills.
The tour of Trackside OTBs begins on Friday, Sept. 26 when Dooley and Pacheco will be at Trackside Arlington Park, located on the southeast corner of the Arlington Park grounds; and Kristufek will be Trackside Chicago, located at 901 W. Weed Street.
One of the highlights of the tour will be a special Breeders’ Cup handicapping seminar to be held Thursday, Oct. 23 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Trackside Arlington Park featuring Joe Kristufek and special guest handicappers to be determined. Kristufek will participate from the Santa Anita Park, where he is covering this year’s Breeders’ Cup. The seminar will explore wagering and handicapping strategies in an interactive format.
The complete tour schedule follows:
Date Location Handicapper
Friday, Sept. 26 Trackside Arlington Park Jessica Pacheco/John Dooley
Kristufek Friday appearances will be from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., except Dec. 12 which will be from 1 pm until 5 pm. Kristufek Saturday appearances will be from 1 pm until 5 pm.
McMannis appearances will be from Noon until 5 p.m. except Oct. 24 which will be from 1 pm until 6 pm.
Dooley and Pacheco appearances will be from 2 pm until 4 pm on Fridays and from 1 pm until 3 pm on Saturdays.
* Special Breeders’ Cup handicapping seminar – 7 pm until 10 pm.
Additional dates, including an appearance by Kristufek at Trackside Quad City Downs in East Moline, to be announced. For addresses and directions, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com/trackside.
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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