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ARLINGTON PARK NOTES

Arlington Park news release
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JUNIOR JOCKEY CLUB EDUCATES CHILDREN ABOUT HORSES AND RACING

Sunday Club for Children 12 and Under Returns in 2003 with Expanded Schedule of Events

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 29, 2003) -- Arlington Park's Junior Jockey Club is back for the 2003 season with a bigger and better schedule of events to introduce children to the majesty of the Thoroughbred and the pageantry of horse racing.

"Last year, we saw a tremendous growth in Junior Jockey Club once our fans learned about the interesting and fun activities for the kids," said Arlington Park Vice President, Marketing and Sales Carl Schloessman in announcing the 2003 schedule. "So this year, we are increasing the variety and quantity of Junior Jockey Club events to create even more reasons for families to come out to Arlington Park this summer."

The Junior Jockey Club, open to children 12 and under, educates children about Arlington Park and horse racing through hands-on activities and giveaways. The Junior Jockey Club is free to join and kids receive a free monthly newsletter highlighting club activities, horse terminology and upcoming events.

Junior Jockey Club events are held from noon until 4 p.m. in the Park area (unless noted otherwise) on Pepsi Family Day Sundays from May 25 through Sept. 7. Some events require pre-registration on the Junior Jockey Club hotline starting on June 15 at 847/870-6614. The complete schedule of Junior Jockey Club events follows.

  • May 25: Meet the Jockey Colony (Noon - 1 p.m.). - Jockey goggle giveaway to the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members
  • June 1: How to Care for a Horse (12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Paddock)
  • June 8: Free box lunch for the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members
  • June 15: Father's Day craft activity
  • June 22: Blacksmith Day (12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Paddock)
  • June 29: Starting Gate Tour (pre-registration on the Junior Jockey Club hotline)
  • July 6: Jockey Helmet Giveaway to the first 500 Junior Jockey Club members
  • July 13: ReRun Day -- Recycling Racehorses
  • July 20: Equine Dentist (12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Paddock)
  • July 27: Jockey's View of the Racetrack tram tour (pre-registration on the Junior Jockey Club hotline)
  • August 3: Mare & Foal in the Park area paddock
  • August 10: Build a Stable craft activity
  • August 17: Meet a Trainer/Backstretch Tour (1 - 2:30 p.m.) (pre-registration on the Junior Jockey Club hotline)
  • August 24: Horse of a Different Color (12:15 - 1 p.m. in the Paddock)
  • August 31: Horse Nutrition (12:15 - 1 p.m.)
  • September 7: Back to School Pencil Giveaway to the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members

For more details on individual Junior Jockey Club themes, check the online calendar at http://www.arlingtonpark.com/visit/calendar.

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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