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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 11, 2010) – Arlington Park and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (ITHA) board of directors have agreed to trim stakes purses for 11 stakes races as well as putting one stakes race – the Sea o’ Erin – on hiatus for 2010 resulting in a reduction of $725,000 in stakes purses for the balance of the 2010 meet. All graded stakes purse levels remain sufficient to retain graded stakes status.

Unaffected by the cuts are the six Illinois-bred stakes races that comprise the June 19 Prairie State Festival and the three Grade I races that make up the International Festival of Racing on Aug. 21 – the Arlington Million, the Beverly D. and the Secretariat Stakes.

A decrease in out-of-state handle on Arlington Park’s races is the reason these cuts have become necessary.

“In order to maintain support for current overnight purses, it became necessary to make these adjustments to the stakes program,” said Arlington Park president Roy Arnold. “While lowering purses is never easy, we want to do our best to provide as healthy an overnight purse structure as possible for the horsemen who stable on our grounds and support our program on a daily basis. These adjustments will allow us to retain current purse levels.”

“We are hopeful that we have seen the worst in the way of handle at Arlington Park for the season and we hope that things will improve as the season progresses,” said ITHA president Mike Campbell. “It is incumbent on the horsemen stabled at Arlington to race here in order to help field size, which will improve the handle, and hopefully make further cuts unnecessary.”

Changes will be reviewed at the next Illinois racing Board meeting scheduled for late June. The affected stakes races are:

Stakes Race and Date Original Purse New Purse Reduction
Arlington Sprint – June 26 $100,000
(+$50,000 BCF)
(+$50,000 BCF)
Arlington Oaks – July 3 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000
Chicago Handicap – July 4 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000
American Derby – July 17 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000
Arlington Handicap – July 17 $200,000 $150,000 $50,000
Modesty Handicap – July 17 $200,000 $150,000 $50,000
Stars & Stripes – Aug. 21 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000
Washington Park Handicap – Sept. 4 $150,000
(+$50,000 BCF)
(+$50,000 BCF)
Pucker Up – Sept. 6 $200,000 $100,000 $100,000
Sea O’Erin – Sept. 6 $100,000 Canceled $100,000
Arlington-Washington Futurity – Sept. 11 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000
Arlington-Washington Lassie – Sept. 11 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000

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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