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DUBAI FOUR-RACE SIMULCAST HANDLES NEARLY $2.5 MILLION IN NORTH AMERICA; MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION WAGERED ON DUBAI WORLD CUP WON BY MOON BALLAD
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 29, 2003) -- The four-race simulcast from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday, March 29, which included the $6 million Dubai World Cup, handled $2,491,826 in North America, an 8.6 percent decrease (-$234,788) from last year's total of $2,726,614.
A total of $1,444,272 was wagered on the Dubai World Cup, won by Moon Dance and jockey Frankie Dettori. In 2002, $1,563,050 was bet on the world's richest race.
In addition to the Dubai World Cup, the other races simulcast Saturday were, the $2,000,00 Dubai Sheema Classic (Group I), the $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group I) and the $2,000,000 Dubai Duty Free (Group I).
Following is a summary of the wagering on the four races from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday:
Dubai Sheema Classic $ 201,237
Total Handle $2,491,826
Following are the results for the 2003 Dubai World Cup:
7 Moon Ballad $8.80 $4.20 $3.00
$2 Exacta (7-6) $ 39.20
Wagering on the Dubai races through Arlington was 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 served as host in Canada.
Arlington Park, Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 104-day meet in 2003 from Friday, May 9 to Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates six off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Quad City Downs (East Moline), Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan, and Longshots Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in S. Elgin, Ill. For further information on Arlington Park and Trackside OTBs, visit www.arlingtonpark.com.
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