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STARTING FIELDS SET FOR DUBAI WORLD CUP SIMULCAST SATURDAY
Arlington Park Serves as Simulcast Host for Four Races from Nad Al Sheba
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 26, 2003) -- Arlington Park, which last October played host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will continue its commitment to presenting the world's finest international racing by serving as the simulcast host for the $6 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, March 29. The world's richest race will be one of four Group I simulcast races, with total purses of $12 million, available through Arlington Park from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. An additional race, the UAE Derby, will be broadcast live with no wagering available.
On Saturday, the $2,000,00 Dubai Sheema Classic (Group I) for 4-year-olds and upward at a mile and a half on the turf will kick off the card as Race 4 in the program at 9:30 a.m. CST (7:30 p.m. Dubai time). Race 5, the six-furlong $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group I) for 3-year-olds and up on the dirt track will go to post at 10:10 a.m. CST (8:10 p.m. Dubai time). The $2,000,000 Dubai Duty Free (Group I) for 4-year-olds and upward will be contested at a mile and an eighth on the dirt at 10:50 a.m. CST (8:50 p.m. Dubai time) as Race 6. The final live simulcast, Race 7, at 11:40 a.m. CST (9:40 p.m. Dubai time) will be the featured $6,000,000 Dubai World Cup for 4-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter on dirt.
The mile and a quarter, $2,000,000 UAE Derby (Group II) for 3-year-olds on dirt will be broadcast live without wagering at 8:50 a.m. CST (6:50 p.m. Dubai time).
The wagering menu consists of Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta betting on each of the four live races. In addition, there will be Pick 4 wagering on the four races (Races 4,5,6,7), a Pick 3 on the last three contests (Races 5,6,7) beginning with the Dubai Golden Shaheen and a Daily Double on Races 6 and 7, the Dubai Duty Free and Dubai World Cup.
Wagering on the Dubai races through Arlington will be 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 will serve as host in Canada. In addition, advance wagering, beginning Friday, March 28, on the races will be offered at the majority of these outlets and all locations in Illinois, including Arlington Park's six OTB facilities --Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB (South Elgin).
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.
The schedule of the four live races to be simulcast on Dubai World Cup Day is:
9:30 a.m. $2,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic 4-Year-Olds and Up 1 1/2 miles (Turf)
10:10 a.m. $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen 3-Year-Olds and Up 6 furlongs
10:50 a.m. $2,000,000 Dubai Duty Free 4-Year-Olds and Up 1 1/8 miles (Turf)
11:40 a.m. $6,000,000 Dubai World Cup 4-Year-Olds and Up 1 1/4 miles
(All times are CST) (All races are Group I)
Following are the program numbers (which differ from post position), horses, trainers, jockeys and countries for the $6 million Dubai World Cup:
Dubai World Cup (Race # 7)
Prog. Horse Trainer Jockey Country
Following are the program numbers (which differ from post position) and horses for the other three simulcast races from Nad Al Sheba:
Dubai Duty Free (Race # 6)
Prog. # Horse
Dubai Golden Shaheen (Race # 5)
Prog. # Horse
Dubai Sheema Classic (Race # 4)
Prog. # Horse