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DUBAI FOUR-RACE SIMULCAST HANDLES OVER $2.7 MILLION IN NORTH AMERICA MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION WAGERED ON DUBAI WORLD CUP WON BY STREET CRY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 23, 2002) -- The four-race simulcast, which included the $6 million Dubai World Cup, from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday, March 23, handled over $2.7 million in North America, a 36.7 percent increase over a year ago. More than $1.5 million (35.9 percent increase) of that total was wagered on the simulcast of the Group I Dubai World Cup, won by Godolphin's Street Cry.
In addition to the Dubai World Cup, the other races simulcast Saturday were the $2,000,00 Dubai Sheema Classic (Group I), the $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group I) and the $2,000,000 Dubai Duty Free (Group I).
Following is a comparison of the wagering from 2002 to 2001 on the four races from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday:
Race 2002 2001 Comparison
Dubai Sheema Classic $ 114,421 $ 120,799 - $ 6,378 (-5.3%)
Dubai Golden Shaheen $ 449,629 $ 352,367 + $ 97,262 (+27.6%)
Dubai Duty Free $ 599,515 $ 255,469 + $344,046 (+134.7%)
Dubai World Cup $1,563,050 $1,150,336 + $412,714 (+35.9%)
Total Handle $2,726,614 $1,994,065 + $ 732,549 (+36.7%)
(4 races - all sources)
Wagering on the Dubai races through Arlington was available at more than 600 locations throughout North and South America as well as in the Caribbean, including all ITW and OTB locations in Illinois. The Ontario Jockey Club served as host in Canada.
Arlington Park, which will become the first racetrack ever to host three legs of the World Series Racing Championship in the same year during 2002 (Arlington Million, Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Classic), served as the North American simulcast host for the four Dubai races.
Arlington Park, host of the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 26 and Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 107-day meet in 2002 from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, Oct. 27. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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