ARLINGTON PARK NOTES
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ARLINGTON PARK RETURNS TO 1 P.M. FIRST POST TIME
New Schedule to Take Effect on Wednesday, June 25
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 12, 2003) -- In response to input from fans, Arlington Park President Cliff Goodrich announced today that beginning on Wednesday, June 25, racing on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays will return to a first post time of 1 p.m.
"We have received a great deal of feedback from our customers regarding our 1:30 p.m. post time this year and we are responding" said Goodrich in making the announcement. "We will return to a 1 p.m. first post starting on June 25 because that's what the fans clearly want.
"We felt that starting a half an hour later at 1:30 p.m. would allow more people to come to Arlington Park for a few races at the end of the day and that it would provide better coordination in the simulcast schedule nationally," added Goodrich. "However, it is obvious that Arlington's on-track and off-track fans prefer the earlier post time."
Post time on Fridays will remain at 3 p.m. through the end of August and move to 2:30 p.m. in September as originally scheduled. First post on International Festival of Racing Day, featuring the Arlington Million, on Saturday, August 16 will remain at noon. In addition, admission gates will continue to open at 11:15 a.m. daily except on Million Day, when they will open at 10 a.m.
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. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 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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