Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
HORSES ARRIVE AT ARLINGTON MONDAY, APRIL 12; TRAINING BEGINS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 8, 2010) – With the first pitch of the baseball season signaling the unofficial return to spring, another rite of spring is on the horizon as horses return to Arlington Park on Monday, April 12, when the track’s barn area opens for the 2010 season.
“Spring training” at Arlington Park begins Monday morning when the track opens its barn area at 7:00 am. Several outfits are expected to arrive throughout the day on Monday, the first day the track’s barn area is available for stabling for the 2010 season, which begins on Thursday, April 29.
Stables will be arriving from as far as away as Hot Springs, Ark., and as close as Cicero, Ill. when trainers Donnie K. Von Hemel, Jeff Lynn, Charles Simon and Ingrid Mason are amongst those expected to ship-in early on.
Training on Arlington’s 1 1/8-mile, all-weather Polytrack synthetic surface, which recently had a three-week scheduled maintenance project known as “inverting the track” completed, will begin Wednesday, April 14, at 8 am. Training hours on the main track will be from 8 am until 10:15 am until April 21, and will expand to 5:30 am until 10 am on April 22.
Arlington can house 2,140 horses in its stable area that consists of 35 barns.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.