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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Party in the Park, Family Days among Returning Favorites

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 18, 2010) - Arlington Park, which opens for the 2010 season on Thursday, April 29, has assembled an event schedule with something for everyone during the 91-day meet that continues through Sunday, Sept. 26. Returning favorites include Family Day, Miller Lite Party in the Park and Miller Lite Taste of Summer. In addition to Arlington Million Day on Saturday, Aug. 21, the suburban Chicago track has planned four very special days not to be missed - Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 1; Mother's Day on Sunday, May 9; Father's Day on Sunday, June 20; and a Racing, Music and Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday, July 3.


On Kentucky Derby Day, those not able to get to Churchill Downs for the most exciting two minutes in sports can take in all the action from Louisville as well as participate in Chicagoland's Largest Derby Day Party at Arlington Park. A special 12-race day will start at 12:15 pm and guests can wager on the entire Derby Day schedule of races from Churchill. The first 2,500 guests to purchase tickets online at will receive an official Kentucky Derby mint julep glass and fans can enjoy Derby-themed food and beverage items including the Derby favorite - The Mint Julep.

In addition to pony rides and a petting zoo, racing fans will enjoy the swing sound of Bopology as part of Arlington Park's "throwback" theme. The family interactive area will include an activity where kids can make their own Kentucky Derby hats.

All-inclusive dining specials in the Million Room and in the International Room will highlight the day. Go to for package details. Reservations will be accepted beginning April 1, 2010 at 847-385-7410.


Treating Mom and the whole family to Mother's Day at the races has become an Arlington Park tradition and 2010 will be no exception. The first 7,500 ladies through the gates on Sunday, May 9 will receive a free rose. There will be special Mother's Day Brunch packages in the Million Room and in the International Room for those looking for an upscale day at the races. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 847-385-7410 beginning April 1.

Of course there will also be pony rides and a petting zoo in the Park area to keep the kids happy.


Dads get their turn on Father's Day - Sunday, June 21. A craft beer-tasting event, a cigar roller and an interactive area for Dad while the kids can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo in the Park area will round out the day.


Arlington Park's July 3 "Racing, Music and Fireworks" spectacular will feature the longest and largest fireworks display not only in the Chicagoland area, but also in Arlington Park's storied history.

The day's racing starts at a special twilight post time of 4 pm and the racing action - which features the Grade III $150,000 Chicago Handicap - will run nearly seamlessly into a spectacular fireworks display that gets underway at nightfall. In addition, there will be live music on two stages and plenty of activities the entire family can enjoy.

The fireworks display, which will run more than 30 minutes, will be synchronized to a mixture of patriotic and popular music, and will encompass the entire infield area of the racecourse.

Packages combining general admission with a reserved seat for each of these premium days range from $10-$18 when purchased online and in advance or from $12-$20 when bought at the gate. General admission each of these days will be $8 if purchased in advance online or $10 at the gate. Tickets for all 91 days of the 2010 season go on sale on April 1.


Regular weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and holiday packages that include general admission and a reserved seat will cost $8 if purchased in advance online or $10 at the gate. For just $2 more, a guest can upgrade his or her experience to include a standard box seat, and for $5 more can further upgrade the experience to include an executive box seat (subject to availability). General admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays will be $6 if purchased in advance online and $8 at the gate.

Each Thursday during the 2010 meet, admission with seating packages start at $6 when purchased online and in advance or $8 when bought at the gate. General admission on Thursdays will be $4 if purchased in advance online and $6 at the gate.

In addition, the popular Seniors Day promotion returns for the 2010 season. Each Thursday during the meet, guests aged 55 and older can purchase general admission for just $4.

The entire 2010 event schedule follows:

April 29 Opening Day
May 1 First leg of Triple Crown: Kentucky Derby
Official of the Day: Mint Julep
Kentucky Derby Glass Giveaway
*First 2,500 guests to purchase tickets online*
May 8 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Day
May 9 Mother's Day
Mother's Day Rose Giveaway
Mother's Day Million Room Brunch
May 15 Second leg of the Triple Crown: Preakness Stakes
May 21-23 Guest Chef Appearance featuring Tony Mantuano
May 28 WXRT Live Remote with Lin Brehmer
May 29 97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament Kick-off Event
May 31 Family Day Kick-off concert event with Ralph's World
June 5 Third leg of the Triple Crown: Belmont Stakes
June 13 Horsepower! Road & Track
June 19 Prairie State Festival of Racing
Prairie State Mascot Day
97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament
June 20 Father's Day
Father's Day All-Inclusive Brunch
July 3 Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Complimentary firecracker popsicle for all children under 12
July 4 Scouting on Track: Boy Scouts of America 100th Celebration
July 10 97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament
July 11 Fiesta in the Park
July 17 Million Preview Day
Baseball Cap Giveaway
*First 3,000 guests to purchase tickets online*
July 2 Pink in the Park benefitting the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
July 29 Blackhawks Day
August 8 Family Day concert event with Justin Roberts
August 14 97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament
August 20 Dining with the Dynasties
Breakfast at Arlington
August 21 Arlington International Festival of Racing
Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat August 22 Horsepower! Super Car
September 4 Labor Day Stakes Racing Extravaganza
97.9 The Loop's Final Baggo Tournament
September 7 Labor Day Turf Showcase
September 12 Celtic Celebration
September 25 Rocktoberfest with 97.1 The Drive
September 26 Closing Day

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 Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, 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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