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BREEDERS' CUP NOTES

Contact: Betsy Sales/Thom Serafin
Serafin & Associates
(312) 943-1955

BREEDERS' CUP HOST COMMITTEE FORMED

Arlington Heights, IL -- Leading corporate, civic and political leaders have volunteered to be a part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Host Committee. Co-chaired by Governor Ryan and Mayor Daley, the purpose of the Host Committee is to help promote Chicago and Illinois as well as raise awareness for the Super Bowl or World Series of racing. The 19th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, consisting of eight races with purses and awards totaling $13 million, will be run on Saturday, October 26 and will be televised live by NBC Sports.

"Hosting the Breeders' Cup is an excellent opportunity to showcase our City and State to the World, and we are delighted that such an incredible group of individuals has agreed to help our efforts," said Richard L. Duchossois, chairman of Arlington Park. "In addition to hosting nearly 25,000 out of state and international visitors, NBC will be broadcasting a full 5 hours of programming originating from Arlington Park." The economic impact to the area is estimated to be in excess of $54,000,000.

Both the City of Chicago and the Village of Arlington Heights have been actively preparing for a gamut of festivities to help highlight this international event to both visitors and residents.

This will be the first time that Arlington Park will host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the first time that the Championships will be held in the Midwest. During its 18-year history, the Breeders' Cup has been held at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park in New York, Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Hollywood Park and Santa Anita Park in California, Gulfstream Park in Florida and Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

HOST COMMITTEE

Co-Chairs:
Governor George H. Ryan
Mayor Richard J. Daley

Members:
Gregory Baise
Grace Barry
William Bartholomay
Rep. Suzie Bassi
John Bauman
Henry Bienen
David Blake
Norman Bobins
Marshall Bouton
Howard Bernick
Thomas Carey
Tom Cokins
Dir. Dorothy Coyle
Lester Crown
Rep. Lee Daniels
Craig Duchossois
Richard Duchossois
Ronald Gidwitz
Marc Gordon
Joe Hampton
Mellody Hobson
William Johnston
Sen. Emil Jones
Sen. Wendell Jones
Tim Kennedy
Paige Koerbel
Jeffrey Ladd
Wayne Larrivee
Lawrence Levy
Rep. Michael Madigan
Ron Magers
Jeff Mays
Dir. Pamela McDonough
Colleen McShane
Michael Moskow
Mayor Arlene Mulder
Paul O'Connor
William Osborn
F. David Radler
Don Randel
Douglas Ray
Jim Reilly
Tom Rivera
Gerald Roper
Russell Salzman
Orion Samuelson
Gloria Scoby
Steve Sexton
Marc Stritch
Damon Thayer
David Vite
Sue Voss
Com. Lois Weisberg
Larry Wert
Douglas Whitley
William Wrigley

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