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Arlington Park

Arlington International Racecourse news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 29, 2013) – Jockey Heidi Rose scored her first victory when the Ida Spagnola-owned and trained Silver Prince won the opening race by a nose Thursday at Arlington International Racecourse.

However, after the race the horse and rider parted ways when the son of Nobiz Like Showbiz tossed his jockey and ran off the track at the mile gap. Neither horse nor jockey were injured and Rose made her way to the winner’s circle sans her equine partner.

“He leaned out towards that out-gap and I was pulling away from it,” Rose explained. “The horse wheeled. He jumped it and took off. He went home. I am happy to win. I wasn’t sure when I crossed the wire if I’d gotten up or not. I will definitely never forget this one.”

It was just the 10th ride for the 27-year-old native of Holland, Michigan who has been a hotwalker, groom, exercise rider, assistant trainer, pony person and worked the sales before launching her riding career earlier this month.

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 10 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 and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. 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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