Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
MILLION PREVIEW DAY AT ARLINGTON PARK JULY 14
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 9, 2012) – Arlington Park will present the 12th annual Million Preview Day program on Saturday, July 14, showcasing the final local prep races for the Aug. 18 Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing, featuring four graded stakes worth an aggregate of $750,000 in purses.
Serving as the designated prep for Arlington Million XXX is the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap at the Million distance of a mile and a quarter on the turf while the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap at a mile and three-sixteenths over the lawn serves the same purpose for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D.
The Grade III $200,000 American Derby, also run at a mile and three-sixteenths on turf, is the second leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple and is the final prep for the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes.
New to the Million Preview Day card is the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes. The mile and a half turf test serves as the prep for the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes which will be run over a grassy mile and eleven-sixteenths on the Million Day card.
Saturday’s events start early with Breakfast at Arlington and fans can watch the horses go through their morning training regimen against a breathtaking backdrop of early morning sunlight and enjoy a delicious Breakfast buffet from 8:00 am - 9:30 am.
Track announcer John G. Dooley and Arlington television personalities Alyssa Ali and Howard Sudberry host an entertaining, informative program from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. From jockeys to trainers to racing officials, our featured guests from all walks of Thoroughbred racing will be covering everything from training horses to track maintenance.
Gates open at 8:00 am for Breakfast at Arlington and admission is free. There is an option to purchase a breakfast buffet for $12 (unlimited pass through). A discounted price of $8 will be available for children 4-11 and 3 and under are free.
In addition, guests can secure a spot on Arlington’s popular backstretch tour in advance with the purchase of a special VIP Backstretch Tour and Breakfast Package, limited to the first 40 guests to purchase tickets online for each event date.
Saturday also will be a Saturday Summer Bash featuring live music in the Park area by Suburban Cowboys, and if that isn’t enough the first 3,000 fans to purchase tickets online will receive a free Arlington Million baseball cap.
Fans wishing to hone their handicapping skills can take part in a casual Learn to Win Seminar in the Park area hosted by horseplayernow.com’s Joe Kristufek and Brian W. Spencer from 1 pm until 3:30 pm.
Those wishing to get a head start on their Million Preview Day handicapping can take part in a special one-hour Million Preview Day Big Event chat that will take place Thursday, July 12, starting at 7:30 pm (CT) hosted by Kristufek and featuring Arlington Park on-air handicapper Jessica Pacheco. The chat can be accessed at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.