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Arlington Park

Arlington International Racecourse news release

Contact: David Zenner


One DRF/NTRA NHC Trip and Eight Trips to Horseplayer World Series to be Awarded

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 25, 2013) – Arlington International live-money handicapping contests, dubbed the Arlington Handicapping Challenge (AHC), returns for the 2013 live meet that starts on Friday, May 3.

For 2013, Arlington will determine one horseplayer to be sent to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) in Las Vegas in January 2014 and eight fans to the 2014 Horse Player World Series (HWS) in Las Vegas in March 2014. The first handicapping contest is scheduled for Saturday, May 18.

As in past years, each individual contest this summer will be free-standing, meaning the top finisher each AHC Saturday in May through August will win a trip to Las Vegas for the 2014 HWS while the winner of the two-day contest in September will earn an expense-paid berth into the 2014 NHC.

The AHC contests closely replicate a day at the races. Each contestant funds a $100 contest wagering account ($600 wagering account - $300 each day for the NTRA qualifier) and tries to run up the biggest balance he or she can, just like every day at the races. The highest account balance on a contest wins a trip to Las Vegas for the designated contest. Each contest’s next two finishers win cash prizes.

The mechanics of the contest have also been simplified. The contestant signs in at the Members Services Center on the second floor of the grandstand on the day of the contest. There is no entry fee. The contestant exchanges $100 (or $300 each day for the NTRA contest) for a contest wagering card (limit, two entries). The card is a plastic voucher that is used for contest wagers and makes it easy to keep track all contest wagering. The balance on the contest wagering card always remains the property of the contestant.

The contest wagering card can only be used at self-service terminals. Since such terminals are available throughout Arlington, contest players can participate from anywhere in Arlington’s main building plus adjacent areas such as the paddock, park, terrace, or the like.

Each Arlington Handicapping Contest will be preceded by a handicapping seminar conducted by Scott McMannis. The seminars, which are free just like the contests, will be held in the Starting Gate Theatre located just north of the Members Services Center. The seminars will begin approximately one hour before first post, and McMannis will remain in the area to answer questions.

The complete schedule of contests follows:

Saturday, May 18
Saturday, June 8
Saturday, June 22
Saturday, July 20
Saturday, July 27
Saturday, Aug. 10
Saturday, Aug. 24
Saturday, Aug. 31
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15*

*Two-day DRF/NTRA Qualifier – all other contests are for HPWS berths.

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, on Facebook at and, 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.


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