|Twin Spires Club news release
Contact: Mike Ogburn
GARCIA QUALIFIES FOR NTRA/DRF NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2002) -- The Twin Spires Club, the player-rewards program at Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI"), crowned its first qualifier this week for the $200,000 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. Ralph Garcia of Chicago, Ill. was flawless with his handicapping Sunday, scoring a perfect 20 points to win the first of eight Twin Spires Club National Handicapping Championship qualifiers. Garcia, who entered the contest at Trackside Chicago, has secured a spot in the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championships this January in Las Vegas.
Garcia collected $1,000 as the week's national qualifier as well as $150 for winning the local contest at CDI's Trackside Chicago. Garcia bested 890 other players across 12 participating Twin Spires Club locations throughout Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.
"It was a great day," said Garcia. "I started a $5 parlay with four races in the contest and I can't believe I hit that too! It paid over $6,000. I used the races from the contest and also hit a couple pick three bets. I was a $12,000-plus winner that day."
Garcia has qualified for the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championship the last two years through contests at Arlington Park.
"I have been before and I am ready to win it all this year," he said.
Twin Spires Club members still have seven more opportunities to qualify for the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championship. There are three additional qualifiers remaining in September (Sept. 15, 22, and 29) and four in December (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22). For more information and FREE PPs for next week's contest, visit www.twinspiresclub.com.
The Twin Spires Club is the player-reward program of Churchill Downs Incorporated. Members earn points and benefits each time they wager at participating locations, including Arlington Park, Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs, Hoosier Park and all nine Trackside Off-Track Betting locations in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. For more information, visit www.twinspiresclub.com.
Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI"), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates world-renowned horse racing venues throughout the United States. The Company's racetracks in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky host 112 graded-stakes events and many of North America's most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Hollywood Gold Cup and Arlington Million. CDI also owns off-track betting facilities and has interests in various television production, telecommunications and racing services companies that support CDI's network of simulcasting and racing operations. CDI trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
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