Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
DINING WITH THE DYNASTY RETURNS FOR 2011
Jockey Greats from the Past will be on Hand – 5 Legends to Race against Current Jockeys
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2011) – Imagine the chance to speak with legendary jockey Ron Turcotte about riding the great Secretariat to a 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown or hear Jean Cruguet describe his experience riding Seattle Slew to the Triple Crown in 1977.
Jockeys who have been involved in some of the biggest moments in the history of Thoroughbred horse racing will be together in one room, and this is your chance to join them for the 2011 Dining with the Dynasty luncheon at to be held at Arlington Park on Friday, Aug. 12, the day before Arlington Million XXIX.
Dining with the Dynasty is a ticketed charity event that brings legendary jockeys from all over the country to raise funds to benefit two national organizations dedicated to serving the athletes and workers that support the sport.
Ticketholders will spend the afternoon in Mr. D.’s Sports Bar with the legendary and Hall of Fame jockeys such as Walter Blum, Bill Boland, P. J. Cooksey, Angel Cordero, Jean Cruguet, Pat Day, David Erb, Earlie Fires, Jackie Fires, Mark Guidry, Sandy Hawley, Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Randy Romero, John Rotz, Ray Sibille, Ron Turcotte and Bobby Ussery. The jockeys will share stories, reminisce about racing experiences and will autograph your racing memorabilia.
Arlington Park’s Howard Sudberry, the veteran Chicago sportscaster, will host the event and interview the all-time great jockeys as they tell wonderful stories about their experiences riding some of the most famous horses in racing history.
After hearing all of their wonderful stories, there is another unique opportunity for those who appreciate the rich history of racing. Five of the legendary jockeys, including 72-year-old Jean Cruguet, P. J. Cooksey, Earlie Fires, Mark Guidry and Chris McCarron will ride in a jockey challenge race against five of Arlington Park’s top riders.
The first 100 to purchase tickets to the event will get the chance to go in the paddock as these legendary jockeys get a “leg up” for their challenge race.
Tickets are $99 online if purchased on or before Aug. 5; $119 at the box office up until the day of the event or until the event is sold out. After Aug. 5 tickets are $119 online or at the box office. The event is limited to the first 200 purchasers. Tickets include food and beverage, private autograph session, a question and answer session and incredible prizes.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America. For more information visit the websites of The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund www.pdjf.org; the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America at www.rtcail.org; and Arlington Park’s website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
In addition to “Dining with the Dynasty,” many of the riders will appear at Breakfast at Arlington from 8 am until 9:30 am on Friday, Aug. 12 and will participate in a public autograph session at the bottom of Grand Staircase on the apron level from 10:30 am until Noon on Arlington Million Day, Saturday, Aug. 13.
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 12 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, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Villa Park and Sundance Saloon featuring Trackside OTB in Waukegan. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.