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TRACKSIDE OTB TO CONDUCT LIVE MONEY HARNESS HANDICPPING CONTESTS THROUGHOUT 2009
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb. 3, 2009) – Arlington Park, which introduced its first live money handicapping contests on Thoroughbred racing in 2008, is expanding the popular contests to include harness racing at selected Illinois Trackside OTB locations during 2009.
“Our live money Thoroughbred contests proved successful in 2008 so we decided to give our fans that prefer harness racing a chance to participate,” said Wesley Ward, manager of marketing and advertising for Arlington Park. “The Trackside Handicapping Contests are particularly attractive options since there is no entry fee into the contest as the $50 contest card players purchase is actually their live bankroll for the contest.”
All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club Center at the designated location on day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from that evening’s card at the Illinois track racing that evening – Maywood Park for Friday evening contests or Balmoral Park for Saturday evening contests.
Each contest will be organic to a typical day at the track, meaning that players will have the flexibility to wager in more pools (Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, and multi-race wagers such as the Pick 3 and Pick 4) than in most other contests and have freedom to participate from any location within the designated Trackside OTB facility as there is no need for assigned contest wagering windows. However, all wagers must be made using the contest card at self service terminals only. Contestants may invest winnings into future wagers. For complete contest rules, visit Arlington Park’s revamped Web site at www.arlingtonpark.com.
The first of the 16 scheduled contests is slated for Saturday, February 7 at Trackside Chicago, located at 901 W. Weed Street.
Players at each contest will compete for a $500 top prize with additional prizes for second ($250), third ($125), fourth ($75) and fifth ($25).
The complete schedule of contests and seminars follow:
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 98-day meet in 2009 from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 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, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit 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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