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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Includes Live Music, Food, Raffles

CHICAGO, Ill. (Oct. 7, 2009) – A benefit to assist jockey Michael Straight, who was seriously injured in an Aug. 26 racing accident at Arlington Park, has been planned for Sunday, Oct. 25 from 6 pm until 11:30 pm at Philly G’s Restaurant in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

The event, which is open to the public, costs $50 per person and includes an evening of Hors d’Oeuvres, live music by Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields Forever, singer Victor Pacini and additional entertainment to be announced.

Additional fund raising efforts at the benefit will include raffles, games and a cash bar with proceeds earmarked to help offset the medical costs being incurred by the 23-year-old apprentice rider as he continues to recover from the injuries suffered in the spill.

Reservations/RSVPs are strongly encouraged as a full house is anticipated for this benefit. You can RSVP via e-mail to

Those unable to attend the event but wishing to make a tax deductible contribution to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund earmarked for Michael Straight can do so by sending a check payable to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, in care of Michael Straight, 547 Webford Avenue, Des Plaines, Ill. 60016.

Straight remains hospitalized at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, but it is expected that he will be moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the coming days to continue his therapy.

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 91-day meet in 2010 from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, Sept. 26. 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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