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ALL-STAR ANNOUNCERS DAY ON EVE OF BREEDERS' CUP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 22, 2002) -- Announcers from racetracks across the United States, one from Canada, and one future racecaller will participate in the 2002 All-Star Announcers Day on Friday, Oct. 25, the day before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history.
Arlington Park track announcer John G. Dooley will host All-Star Announcers Day. The track announcers -- who combine memory, immediate race-scenario comprehension, quick wits, colorful language and a flare for the dramatic -- will share the microphone at Arlington Park for 10 races on the eve of the Breeders' Cup.
The track announcers, in alphabetical order with track affiliation, are:
Mike Battaglia - Turfway Park
The 10-race All-Star Announcers Day program begins with a first-race post time of noon Central time. The card includes three stakes races: the $100,000 John Henry Handicap, $100,000 Gilded Time Stakes and the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap.
The following day, Saturday, Oct. 26, Durkin will call all eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship races on-track and for the live national television audience on NBC-TV while Dooley will handle announcing chores on the day's three supporting stakes races: the $100,000 Right Here Right Now Safely Kept Handicap, the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap and the $100,000 Steinlen Handicap.
Admission gates for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships open at 8 a.m. First race post time is 11:05 a.m. Central time.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Bureau of Tourism is an official sponsor of the Breeders' Cup.
Arlington Park, host of the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 26 and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will complete its 107-day meet in 2002 on Sunday, Oct. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford and Trackside Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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