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TOP FINISHERS IN MILLION PREVIEW DAY HEADLINERS TO GET ENTRY, STARTING FEES WAIVED FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 17, 2009) – Arlington Park officials announced that the top three finishers in each of the three graded stakes races on Million Preview Day, Saturday, July 11, will have their entry and starting fees waived for the corresponding International Festival of Racing event on Saturday, Aug. 8.
“By offering this incentive, we hope to encourage the connections of those horses which turn in strong efforts on Million Preview Day to participate in our International Festival of Racing,” explained Kevin Greely, Arlington’s Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary.
The graded stakes races that make up the Million Preview Day program – a staple at Arlington since 2001 – are the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap, which serves as the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million; the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap, which is the last local prep for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D.; and the Grade II $300,000 American Derby, the second leg of the Mid-America Triple and a prep for the series’ final leg the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.
There are three other stakes races on the Million Preview Day card: the $200,000 Arlington Sprint, a “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In” race that offers its winner an automatic starting berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint to be run in November at Santa Anita Park; the $50,000 Pink Ribbon Stakes; and the $50,000 Diamond Stakes.
At the same time, Arlington Park officials announced that the track will offer a participation bonus to the owner(s) of any horse which runs in more than one leg of the Mid-America Triple: the $150,000 Arlington Classic on May 23; the American Derby; and the Secretariat Stakes. The owner of record for horses that run in two out of three legs in the series will be awarded $3,000 and the owner of record for horses that run in all three legs will be earn $6,000.
Previously, it was announced that Arlington Park would offer a $500,000 bonus to the owner(s) of any horse that sweeps the Mid-America Triple, a feat only accomplished once in its current all turf configuration when Honor Glide won all three races in 1997.
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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