Arlington International Racecourse news release
Contact: David Zenner
Statement from Arlington International Racecourse on ADW Agreement
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Nov. 20, 2013) – Arlington International Racecourse announced on Tuesday its support for a new agreement calling for a three-year extension of Illinois’ Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) statute that provides the necessary funding to ensure a full slate of horseracing in 2014.
The agreement between the track owners, horsemen and ADW providers, which still needs approval by the Illinois General Assembly, calls for a small surcharge on revenue collected by state horsetracks, OTB operators, intertrack operators and ADW operators.
“This extension of the ADW law is critical to the success of the state’s horseracing industry,” said Tony Petrillo, General Manager of Arlington International Racecourse. “The compromise agreement fairly distributes revenue without making any cuts to the 2014 racing schedule. The industry will work together to pass a bill that will ensure the survival of Illinois horseracing, the $1.4 billion it contributes to the state’s economy and the 37,000 jobs it sustains throughout the state.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will open its 2014 meeting on Friday, May 2. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Chicago, East Moline, Waukegan, Villa Park, Rockford, South Elgin, McHenry, Orland Hills and Hodgkins. 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.