|Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
75TH ANNIVERSARY CALENDAR GIVEAWAY SATURDAY, JUNE 8
Free calendars to the first 10,000 paid admissions on Belmont Stakes Day
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 5, 2002) -- On Saturday, June 8, Arlington Park race fans can take a piece of history home with them as the Chicago area's premier racetrack will be giving away special edition, commemorative 75th Anniversary Calendars to the first 10,000 people with paid admission to the track.
Also on Saturday, fans will be able to watch as Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero War Emblem, who broke his maiden at Arlington last October 4, heads to post in the Grade I Belmont Stakes trying to become the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. The on-track feature that day will be the $150,000 Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-years-old & up, at seven furlongs on the main track.
The beautiful four-color calendar, which retails for $12.99, features photographs of prominent horses, people and events from the track's rich 75-year history. Among those featured are: Secretariat, who won the Arlington Invitational in his first start after sweeping the 1973 Triple Crown; Cigar, who equaled a modern record when he captured his 16th consecutive race in the Arlington Citation Challenge; Citation, the 1948 Triple Crown hero who won 16 straight races including the 1948 Stars & Stripes Handicap at Arlington; John Henry, the gallant gelding who got up in the final stride to annex the inaugural running of the Arlington Million; and Dr. Fager, who set a world record of 1:32 1/5 for one mile on the dirt when he captured the Washington Park Handicap in 1968.
The calendar also comes with coupons valid at various times of the year for free admission to the track, free preferred parking, discounts on food and beverage items, a 10% discount on gift shop purchases, a $1 discount on simulcast programs at any Illinois Trackside OTB, and an opportunity for members of the Twin Spires Club to earn bonus points.
Arlington Park's opening weekend begins with a 3 p.m. post time on Friday, June 7 and the season's first Miller Lite Party in the Park featuring Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners. WCKG (105.9 FM) afternoon personality Steve Dahl will be broadcasting his drive-time radio show from the Park area from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Besides watching and wagering on Saturday's Belmont Stakes from New York, two lucky Arlington fans will win round-trip airline tickets in the American Airlines Saturday Sweepstakes. Sunday, June 9 kicks off Pepsi Family Days with fun events for the whole family featuring pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, stick pony arts and crafts plus children's races on the track.
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. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Quad City Downs (East Moline), Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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