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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 11, 2009) – Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced the promotion of two longtime Arlington Park employees, Ricardo Malagon and Gabriel Ruiz, to the positions of Synthetic Track Superintendent and Turf Course Superintendent, respectively.

Malagon and Ruiz succeed Javier Barajas, who resigned as Track Superintendent earlier this year to accept a similar position with the Dubai Racing Club.

“After conducting a thorough international search for a new Track Superintendent to replace Javier, we found we did not need to go any further than our own backyard, and it is especially rewarding to be able to promote from within,” Arnold said in making the announcement.

Malagon, a 20-year veteran of the track and turf department, has held numerous positions at Arlington since 1989, most recently serving as track foreman. He played a major role in the installation and maintenance of Arlington’s all-weather Polytrack synthetic racing surface.

Ruiz, who has been a part of the Arlington family since 1991, most recently held the position of turf course foreman. Ruiz was instrumental in the restoration of the turf course for the track’s re-opening in 2000 after having been idle for two years.

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





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