|Arlington Park news release
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TRAINING AT ARLINGTON PARK BEGINS WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 5:30 A.M.
Wiggins and Cilio Among First Horsemen to Arrive on Monday
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 21, 2003) -- Two vans from Oaklawn Park containing 11 horses trained by Lon Wiggins were the first to arrive on the Arlington Park backstretch shortly after 9 a.m. Monday morning. Monday was the first day the track's stable area was open in preparation for the upcoming 104-day meeting that begins on Friday, May 9.
In addition, local conditioner Gene Cilio had a van with five Thoroughbreds arrive from Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky and another van with a dozen horses that had been stabled at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney, Ill.
Other trainers slated to ship into Arlington over the next few days include Frank Springer, Chris Block, Eoin Harty, Jim Gulick, Steve Hobby and Frank Brothers.
Arlington can house 2,140 horses in its 35 barns.
Training on Arlington's 1 1/8-mile main track will begin Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. The schedule for workouts will be from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. from Wednesday, April 23 to Sunday, April 27. Regular training hours of 5:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. (with renovation breaks at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.) will commence Monday, April 28.
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.
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