ARLINGTON PARK NOTES
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FRIDAY'S 'PARTY IN THE PARK' HIGHLIGHTS ARLINGTON IMPROVEMENTS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 8, 2003) -- Arlington Park's traditional fan friendly Friday feature -- Miller Lite Party In The Park -- will be celebrated amidst a new and improved backdrop when the Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval opens its doors for the 2003 season this weekend.
Friday's special late post time of 3 p.m. will be in effect for the first racing day of the Arlington season, and the influx of Party In The Park regular guests entering throughout the late afternoon program will be pleasantly surprised by numerous improvements in the Park surroundings.
Although the beloved wide expanse of the grassy knoll ideally conducive to picnicking remains intact as the primary setting, the repositioning of the new and enlarged bandstand and the relocation of some wagering areas will meld the mix of music lovers and racing fans in the multipurpose area.
Gone are the more than 30,000 temporary seats and tents in place for the track's record-breaking Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, and back are the trees and landscaping in the Park and Marquee areas that give Arlington its family-friendly appeal.
A new patio overlooking the homestretch, a new mutuel and concession tent and a new wagering kiosk in the picnic grove are among other improvements in the Park area, as well as a renovated petting zoo and pony ride areas to add to the traditional Sunday Pepsi Family Day atmosphere.
A new Arlington Park regular post time of 1:30 p.m., a half-hour later than in recent years, will be in effect for Saturday's official opening ceremonies and again on Sunday for Arlington's familiar Mother's Day celebration of summer Thoroughbred racing in Chicago. A Rio Rose will be presented to all Moms in attendance at Arlington on Mother's Day.
Also new for the 2003 season are "Voucher Express" mutuel windows located on the Apron level of the Grandstand and Clubhouse. The "Voucher Express" machines permit customers to wager using vouchers or winning tickets instead of cash to expedite the time needed to complete a transaction. All winnings and balances will be returning to the customer in the form of a betting voucher.
Horsemen will notice a new protective/safety rail on the five-furlong training track located in the Arlington Park stable area.
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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