ARLINGTON PARK NOTES
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MORE THAN 30,000 WATCH JULY 4th INAUGURAL ARLINGTON PARK FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, PRESENTED BY LASALLE BANK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 7, 2003) -- The highlight of the Fourth of July in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago Friday night was the annual Arlington Park Fireworks Spectacular, presented by LaSalle Bank. Officially, 28,346 passed through the track's turnstiles, however, many more "unofficial" spectators observed from the parking lot, surrounding streets, Trackside OTB and Arlington Park backstretch.
This year's fireworks was the inaugural spectacular sponsored by LaSalle Bank, who recently became the Official Financial Service Provider of Arlington Park as well as the presenting sponsor for the track's award-winning Fourth of July Fireworks for three years from 2003 through 2005.
In addition, LaSalle Bank will become a Platinum Sponsor for Arlington's Fiesta in the Park on July 12, 2003 and will be the Title Sponsor for that event in 2004 and 2005.
"We are thrilled with our new sponsorship agreement with LaSalle Bank. LaSalle is, and has always been, a leader in Chicago business and this partnership affords both our organizations the opportunity to benefit greatly from this new relationship," said Carl Schloessman, vice president of marketing for Arlington Park. "With our common goals of strong community involvement, as well as our desire to leverage our business and marketing assets most effectively, this sponsorship provides us the tools to maximize each of these areas within our respective businesses."
"LaSalle Bank is pleased to partner with Arlington Park and to be a part of the many family activities that take place there," said Mark A. Nystuen, chief marketing officer for LaSalle Bank. "This sponsorship is yet another great opportunity for LaSalle Bank to become more involved in the communities in which we serve and do business."
As the Official Financial Service Provider of Arlington Park, LaSalle Bank will become the exclusive marketing partner within the financial services category and will make financial services available to the track and its employees.
This year's "Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular presented by LaSalle Bank" at Arlington Park on Friday, July 4, once again featured the longest and most intricate fireworks display in the suburbs.
Following its very successful debut in 2002, the Second Annual Fiesta in the Park returns to Arlington Park on Saturday, July 12 to celebrate Hispanic heritage with live entertainment and authentic Latino cuisine with LaSalle Bank participating as a platinum sponsor. In 2004 and 2005, LaSalle Bank will be the Fiesta's title sponsor.
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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