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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/24/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
On June 28, 1989, less than four years after the original Arlington Park building was completely destroyed by fire, the suburban Chicago racecourse reopened as an innovative guest-friendly facility that was quickly dubbed as the “Taj Mahal of Thoroughbred Racing.”
This Sunday Arlington Park will celebrate the 20th anniversary of that 1989 opening day with a rededication ceremony – and the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive a mystery mutuel voucher worth anywhere from $2 to $100.
Additionally, in the spirit of that anniversary the first 2,500 paid admissions will receive a commemorative pin, Twin Spires Club members will receive 20 points per dollar on all wagers made on Arlington Park, and a special $20 Arlington Combo package will be offered that includes admission, a program, a standard box seat and a sandwich lunch with a fountain soda.
Also on this Sunday – and every Sunday during the season – Arlington hosts its Family Day entertainment that includes pony rides and a petting zoo. This week’s Sunday program also features family-friendly music by “Little Nashville.”
Music in the Park Area this weekend begins Friday at “Miller Lite Party in the Park” and features a Q101 concert event with live rock music by the band “Unibrow” and continues after the races at Trackside Arlington Park with acoustic-driven rock by “Ronnie Lee Barnes and the Highway Kings” during “Party on the Patio.”
On Saturday, this week’s “Miller Lite Taste of Summer” features the New Orleans-style music of “Professor John.”
On Saturday, July 18, Trackside Arlington Park will host its first live money NTRA/DRF qualifier that will send three players to the 2010 National Handicapping Championship.
In the NTRA/DRF qualifier, players will keep all winnings from the live bankroll wagering card and there will be no entry fee, but players need to wager $500 using a contest card.
The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the contest wins, and advance registration is recommended as space is limited.
“The contest is designed to simulate the normal handicapping experience at the track or at an OTB parlor,” said Wesley Ward, Arlington’s marketing and advertising manager, “so if you play at that level ($500) you really have nothing to lose. It becomes more of a ‘money management’ contest.”
The fourth edition of the 2009 Arlington Handicapping Challenge is scheduled this Saturday, and once again is free to enter and offers berths into the 2010 Horse Player World Series.
The Challenge will be held in conjunction with a handicapping seminar with Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis serving as host.
Veteran Illinois-based reinsman Randy Meier is one win away from tying Shane Sellers for 10th position on Arlington Park’s all-time leading rider list and has three mounts slated on his schedule when live racing returns to Arlington Thursday.
Arlington’s Community Appreciation this weekend honors Buffalo Grove, with residents of that community offered free admission on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday will also have a race named for the community of Buffalo Grove, with a village official on hand to present the trophy following that race.
The second round of the Visiting Expert Series will be held Sunday and features author Bill Finley, who will autograph copies of his book “Betting Synthetic Surfaces.”
Finley will join Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis for an 11:45 am interview with the autograph session to follow.
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