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ARLINGTON NOTES

Arlington Park news release

Contact: Dan Leary (847) 385-7754
Dleary@arlingtonpark.com

ARLINGTON TO RUN 29 STAKES WORTH MORE THAN $5.5 MILLION IN 2003

Return to Traditional May Opening Following Breeders' Cup Year

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 21, 2003) -- Following two years of conducting a June through October racing season, Arlington Park will return to its traditional May opening and a schedule that includes 29 stakes with $5,575,000 in purses during 104 days of racing from May 9 to Sept. 27 in 2003. The announcement was made following approval of the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday.

"After hosting the most successful Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships ever last October, we are extremely pleased to return to our May opening that includes Mother's Day, a great Arlington tradition, and adds Preakness Day to our early season schedule," said Arlington Park Executive Vice President of Racing Operations Frank Gabriel.

"Our International Festival of Racing Day, featuring the Arlington Million on Aug. 16, along with Million Preview Day on July 26 and the June 21 Prairie State Festival will return as major event days on the 2003 Arlington schedule," added Gabriel. "In addition, we will run our two premier two-year-old races -- the Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie -- together like last year, on closing day, Sept. 27."

Arlington's International Festival of Racing, featuring Illinois' only three Grade I stakes, all scheduled for turf -- the $1,000,000 Arlington Million for three-year-olds and up, the $700,000 Beverly D. for fillies and mares three and up, and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes for three-year-olds -- will be run on Saturday, Aug. 16. On the day before the Million, Friday, Aug. 15, the $75,000 Estrapade Handicap for older fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on turf has been added to the International Festival of Racing Week's agenda.

For the third consecutive year, "Million Preview Day," will feature the $250,000 Arlington Handicap (Grade III) for older horses, the $150,000 Modesty Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, and the $100,000 Round Table Stakes for three-year-olds, on Saturday, July 26. Also returning is the fourth annual Prairie State Festival with six $75,000-added stakes for Illinois-breds and total purses expected to be more than $500,000 on Saturday, June 21.

The second running of the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap for older horses at a mile and an eighth, which was run on Breeders' Cup Day last year, returns as the first stake of the 2003 slate on the meet's second day, Saturday, May 10. The only new stake in 2003, the $75,000 The Real Delight Stakes for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs, will be on Saturday, May 31.

The $150,000-added Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile for older horses on turf, which was part of Arlington's Preview Weekend at the Park a year ago, will be the Father's Day feature on Sunday, June 15.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, the 11th running of the American Quarter Horse Association's Windy City Dash returns as a Grade 3 stake with a $50,000 guaranteed purse.

The 2003 meet concludes on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a pair of Breeders' Cup prep races to be run at a mile for two-year-olds, the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (Grade III) and the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie for fillies.

The complete 2003 Arlington Park stakes schedule is attached below.

Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 104-day meet in 2003 from Friday, May 9 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates six off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities - Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.

 

 
ARLINGTON PARK 2003 STAKES SCHEDULE
May 9 through September 27 (104 Days)
DateStakes / Purse / Conditions
Sat., May 10 The Black Tie Affair Handicap - $100,00 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile & 1/8
Sat., May 31 The Real Delight Stakes - $75,000 Guaranteed
Fillies, Three-Years-Old
6 Furlongs
Sat., June 14 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (GIII) - $175,000-Added*
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
7 Furlongs
*($125,000 Added, Plus $75,000 Breeders' Cup Fund)
Sun., June 15 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile - $150,000-Added*
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile (Turf)
*($100,000 Added, Plus $50,000 Breeders' Cup Fund)
Sat., June 21 The Prairie State Festival
  Purple Violet Stakes - $75,000-Added
Fillies, Three-Years-Old (Illinois Registered)
1 Mile
  Springfield Stakes - $75,000-Added
Three-Year-Olds (Illinois Registered)
1 Mile
  Isaac Murphy Handicap - $75,000-Added
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
6 Furlongs (Illinois Registered)
  White Oak Handicap - $75,000-Added
Three-Year-Olds & Upward (Illinois Registered)
6 Furlongs
  Lincoln Heritage Handicap - $75,000-Added
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
1 Mile & 1/16 (Turf) (Illinois Registered)
  Cardinal Handicap - $75,000-Added
Three-Year-Olds & Upward (Illinois Registered)
1 Mile & 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., June 28 Arlington Classic (GII) - $175,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds
1 Mile & 1/16 (Turf)
Sun., June 29 Hanshin Cup (GIII) - $100,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile
Sat., July 5 Stars & Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (GIII) - $200,000-Added*
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile & 1/2 (Turf)
*($125,000 Added, Plus $75,000 Breeders' Cup Fund)
Sat., July 19 Washington Park Handicap (GII) - $400,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile & 3/16
Sun., July 20 American Derby (GII) - $250,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds
1 Mile & 3/16 (Turf)
Sat., July 26 Million Preview Day
  Arlington Handicap (GIII) - $250,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile & 1/4 (Turf)
  Modesty Handicap (GIII) - $150,000 Guaranteed
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
1 Mile & 3/16 (Turf)
  Round Table Stakes - $100,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds
1 Mile & 1/8
Sat., August 9 Singapore Plate (GIII) - $100,000 Guaranteed
Fillies, Three-Years-Old
1 Mile & 1/8
Fri., August 15 Estrapade Handicap - $75,000 Guaranteed
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
1 Mile & 1/16 (Turf)
Sat., August 16 ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING
  Secretariat Stakes (GI) - $400,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds
1 Mile & 1/4 (Turf)
  Beverly D. (GI) - $700,000 Guaranteed
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
1 Mile & 3/16 (Turf)
  Arlington Million (GI) - $1,000,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
1 Mile & 1/4 (Turf)
Sat., August 23 Arlington Sprint - $100,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward
6 Furlongs
Sun., August 24 Windy City Dash (G3) - $50,000 Guaranteed
Three-Year-Olds & Upward [A.Q.H.A.]
400 Yards
Mon., September 1 Arlington Matron Handicap (GIII) - $150,000 Guaranteed
Fillies & Mares, Three-Years-Old & Upward
1 Mile & 1/8
Sat., September 13 Pucker Up Stakes (GIII) - $175,000 Guaranteed
Fillies, Three-Years-Old
1 Mile & 1/8 (Turf)
Sat., September 27 Arlington-Washington Lassie (GIII) - $100,000 Guaranteed
Fillies, Two-Years-Old
1 Mile
Sat., September 27 Arlington-Washington Futurity (GIII) - $150,000 Guaranteed
Two-Year-Olds
1 Mile

 

 


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