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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner
Dzenner@arlingtonpark.com

ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER TWO LIVE MONEY DRF/NTRA QUALIFIERS DURING 2009 MEET

High Limit Showcase to Debut in 2009

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 24, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be a “live-money” tournament and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2009, online at www.arlingtonpark.com and clicking racing & handicapping and then handicapping contests.

The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries. Entry fee will be $200 per person with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will also be responsible for purchasing a $300 wagering card, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.

Each player must wager a minimum of $300 in contest wagers on the day placed over 15 races, at least 10 of which must be on Arlington Park races. There is no minimum wager per race and the player may re-invest monies earned from winning wagers. For instance, if a player places a $5 win wager on the first race of the day that pays $15, the player may add the $15 to future contest wagers placed. Tournament wagers are limited to Win, Place, Show, Exacta, and Trifecta pools only but the player may wager on multiple pools in a single contest race. The player with the largest bankroll at the end of the tournament will be declared the winner.

The prize pool will be the sum of all contest entry fees paid. Therefore, if the maximum of 300 entries is reached, the prize pool will be $60,000 (300 x $200 entry fee) with the Grand Prize being 40% of the prize pool ($24,000 if 300 entries) plus an entry to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2010 and in lieu of airline ticket, $500 for the contestant to book their own round-trip airfare to McCarron Airport in Las Vegas.

The second-place finisher will earn 25% of prize pool plus an entry to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2010 and in lieu of airline ticket, $500 for the contestant to book their own round-trip airfare to McCarron Airport in Las Vegas; third place will be worth 15% of prize pool plus an entry to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2010 and in lieu of airline ticket, $500 for the contestant to book their own round-trip airfare to McCarron Airport in Las Vegas; fourth-place will be worth 10% of the prize pool; fifth-place will earn 5% of the prize pool while sixth- through 10th-place finishers will each earn 1% of the prize pool.

On Sept. 12, Arlington Park will present its first-ever High Limit Showcase live money tournament, which will be limited to 60 entries at $1,000 per entry with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will also be responsible for purchasing a $2,500 wagering card, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.

Each player must wager a minimum of $2,500 in contest wagers on the day placed on all of Arlington Park’s scheduled races that afternoon. There is no minimum wager per race and the player may re-invest monies earned from winning wagers. As in the July tournament, wagers are limited to Win, Place, Show, Exacta, and Trifecta pools only but the player may wager on multiple pools in a single contest race. The player with the largest bankroll at the end of the tournament will be declared the winner.

The prize pool will be the sum of all contest entry fees paid. Therefore, if the maximum of 60 entries is reached, the prize pool will be $60,000 (60 x $1,000 entry fee) with the prize structure identical to that of the July contest with the top three finishers each receiving an entry to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January 2010 and in lieu of airline ticket, $500 for the contestant to book their own round-trip airfare to McCarron Airport in Las Vegas and the top 10 finishers receiving a portion of the prize pool (40%-25%-15%-10%-5%-1%-1%-1%-1%-1%).

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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