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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Popular Destination Open Saturdays and Sundays Beginning March 5

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 1, 2011) – When pitchers and catchers report to destinations in Florida and Arizona in baseball, it means Spring Training in baseball has begun. In that same vein, the return of handicappers and bettors to the main building at Arlington Park signals the arrival of “Spring Training” for the track's upcoming season – Opening Day Friday, May 6.

The newly rededicated Mr. D.’s Sports Bar, Arlington Park’s Chicago-themed sports bar, will be open each Saturday and Sunday beginning March 5 through May 1 for fans to watch professional and college sports as well as watch and wager on top racing from around the country.

Mr. D.’s will open each Saturday and Sunday from 11 am until 7 pm and offer free admission plus food and beverage specials including $3 domestic bottled beer, $15 beer buckets (five bottles), $4 24 oz. MGD drafts, $4 16 oz. domestic drafts, 35-cent chicken wings, eight jalepeno poppers for $4, loaded chili nachos for $5 and more.

Guests should enter the Arlington Park grounds via the Gate 1 Wilke Road entrance and enter the facility through the Grandstand (east) entrance.

Fans will be able to keep up with all the sports and racing action on numerous large-screen HD television monitors. There will be live mutuel clerks as well as self-service machines available for wagering on races from Hawthorne Race Course and Fair Grounds as well as other top tracks from around the country as 3-year-olds nationwide embark on the Road to the 2011 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands to be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7 – the second day of racing at Arlington Park’s live meet.

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 86-day meet in 2011 from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, Sept. 25. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 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, Silk and Sulkies featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sundance Saloon featuring Trackside OTB in Waukegan. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at


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