Arlington International Racecourse news release
Contact: David Zenner
ARLINGTON ADJUSTS START FOR 1 1/16-MILE RACES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 25, 2013) – Beautiful facilities and quality racing are not all that will greet Arlington International Racecourse fans this season. By popular demand, Arlington is reverting to a former start for one of America’s most common main-course distances.
Races at 1 1/16 miles on the main course will now use the traditional finish line, with the starting gate placed between the finish and the sixteenth-pole past, utilizing a significant run-up to the pole that triggers the timer. Previously, an auxiliary finish had been employed at the sixteenth-pole, resulting in a substantially shorter stretch and slightly unclear finish for fans.
According to Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin, the previous start and finish combination “never caught on with the fans. Many in the crowd didn’t understand what was going on with the finish.”
With regard to horsemen, “some of them didn’t like that they had to make an earlier move on the turn,” Polzin continued.
In accordance with the shortened run to the first turn, fields will be limited to eight runners (plus also eligibles) with a slightly wider placement of the starting gate to soften the angle into the first turn. Consequently, off-the-turf races originally carded for 1 1/16 miles will be run at one mile on the main course.
The angularly friendly start, in addition to the field limitation and longer stretch, aims to collectively result in a reliable and competitive racing experience for horsemen and fans.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 89-day meet in 2013 from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Joe’s Bar on Weed Street featuring Trackside Chicago, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Trackside OTB in Hodgkins, Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills and the Foundry featuring Trackside Aurora Information on Arlington International Racecourse can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arlingtonpark and www.facebook.com/tracksideotb, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.