BREEDERS' CUP NOTES
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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.
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