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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 23, 2012) – “Behind the Silks with Tim Thornton,” a season-long series of videos chronicling the professional and personal side of jockey Tim Thornton, will have its debut episode on Friday, May 25, on

“Besides being a really good rider, he’s charismatic and he’s well spoken,” explained Arlington Television Analyst Jessica Pacheco, who also serves as the series’ producer. “He comes across exactly as he is; a very authentic and genuine person.”

“This is a great way to bring the fans closer to the sport,” Thornton said. “The more people know about the sport, the more they’ll get into it. The people who watch these videos will get a real behind the scenes look at horse racing and the people who are part of it.”

Each video, designed to appeal not only the racing fan, but also to people who may not be that versed in racing to see what goes on behind the scenes through the eyes of a jockey, will be told in first person by the 25-year-old Thornton, who has been riding professionally for nine years and has more than 1,000 winners to his credit.

In addition to footage shot by Arlington’s television department, the jockey will have a flip cam at his disposal to capture events as they happen in the backstretch in the morning and in his personal life after the races and on non-racing days.

The first episode is entitled simply “Tim Thornton” and will serve as an introduction to Thornton on both a professional and personal level.

A new episode will be posted each Friday allowing fans to follow Thornton throughout the Arlington Park racing season, which runs through Sept. 30. The videos can be found at

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 12 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, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at


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