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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 15, 2012) – Arlington Park will again offer live money handicapping contests at selected Illinois Trackside Off-Track Betting locations during April 2012 to be held in conjunction with handicapping seminars at each location conducted by handicapper M. Scott McMannis.

All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the registration table at the designated Trackside contest site on the day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from any daytime Thoroughbred track whose post time is before is 6:30 pm Central time.

The first of the three scheduled contests is slated for Saturday, April 7 at Trackside Villa Park, located inside Tavern On North, 105 E. North Avenue in Villa Park.

At each contest, players will compete for a berth in Coast Casino's Horseplayer World Series (HPWS) to be held in the winter of 2013, where first prize is estimated to be $300,000, and for a berth in the Online Handicapping Championship on Nov. 24, 2012.

The winner of each contest will earn a berth into the HPWS ($1,500 value) as well as a $350 travel voucher while the runner-up in each contest will earn a berth into the Online Handicapping Championship on Nov. 24, 2012 – a $1,000 value. The winner of the berth must be a member of in order to participate in the Online Handicapping Championship. Cash prizes will be awarded to the third- and fourth-place finishers.

“The Trackside Handicapping Contest Series is a particularly attractive way to win a berth into the Horseplayer World Series or into the Online Handicapping Championship since there is no entry fee into the contest as the $50 contest card players purchase is actually their live bankroll for the contest,” said McMannis.

Each contest will be organic to a typical day at the track, meaning that players will have the flexibility to wager in more pools (Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, and multi-race wagers such as the Pick 3 and Pick 4) than in most other contests and have freedom to participate from any location within the designated Trackside Off-Track Betting facility as there is no need for assigned contest wagering windows. However, all wagers must be made using the contest card at self-service terminals only. Players may invest winnings into future wagers. For complete contest rules, visit Arlington Park’s Web site at

On each designated contest day, HorsePlayer magazine Midwest correspondent M. Scott McMannis will conduct a handicapping seminar on that day’s Hawthorne card beginning at Noon and will remain on hand to answer questions throughout the afternoon. For more details, visit the McMannis blog at

The complete schedule of contests and seminars:

Date, Location
Saturday, April 7 - Trackside Villa Park
Saturday, April 14 - Trackside McHenry
Saturday, April 28 - Trackside South Elgin

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 90-day meet in 2012 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 30. 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, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, 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 and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at


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