|Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook
Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310
Friday, April 26, 2002
EVERYBODY'S A WINNER IF WAR EMBLEM TAKES KENTUCKY DERBY
If Illinois Derby hero War Emblem wins the Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4, everybody who uses their On-Track Rewards card that day will receive 1,000 bonus points.
War Emblem, who was the 6¼-length winner of the Illinois Derby, has since been sold by the Russell L. Reineman Stable and will run for the roses in the colors of The Thoroughbred Corp. Trainer Bob Baffert has given The Derby mount on War Emblem to Victor Espinoza.
TWO WAYS TO ENJOY DERBY DAY AT SPORTSMAN'S PARK
For those race fans not fortunate enough to attend the Kentucky Derby in person, Sportsman's Park is offering two great ways to enjoy America's most famous horse race on Saturday, May 4. The track is holding a Derby Gala fundraiser at $50 a ticket and is also presenting a handicapping luncheon at $15 per person.
Sportsman's Park, local area mayors and legislators, and West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) are teaming up to raise funds for people with disabilities in WSRRA recreation programs with the Derby Gala.
"Our 1st annual Derby Gala will bring mayors, legislators and village presidents together with friends of WSSRA to raise funds while having fun at Sportsman's Park. We will enjoy an afternoon of live racing, a great buffet lunch, open bar, contests, a silent auction and a simulcast of the Kentucky Derby," said Sandra Gbur, WSSRA executive director.
Derby Gala tickets are available for $50 and include the buffet and open bar. A hat contest and best tie competition will add to the festive celebration. Call WSSRA at (847) 455-2100 to reserve a ticket or to donate an auction item. WSSRA serves residents of Berwyn and Cicero with disabilities.
For $15, the Handicapping Lunch includes clubhouse admission, program, lunch and a $5 share in a handicapping pool managed by Dave "The Thoroughbred Maven" Gutfreund. In a previous Handicapping Lunch, the $5 investment was turned into $12 meaning that the entire day cost patrons only $3.
Joining Gutfreund at the Handicapping Lunch will be ESPN Radio 1000 afternoon drive host Harry Teinowitz and the pair will be giving away door prizes including Chicago White Sox tickets.
Post time at Sportsman's Park on Kentucky Derby day will be at Noon. There will be a 13-race card consisting of 12 live races plus separate pool wagering on The Derby. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to "shop odds" and bet into either the separate Illinois pool or the Churchill Downs pool.
For example, in 2000 Fusaichi Pegasus returned $8.00 in Illinois but paid $6.60 on-track at Churchill Downs. A more glaring difference occurred with the Trifecta payoff of $552.20 at Sportsman's Park versus $435.00 in Louisville.
Advance wagering on The Derby will be offered beginning Friday into the Churchill Downs pool only. On Saturday, fans will have their choice of pools.
Also on Friday, Sportsman's Park will offer wagering on the Oaks/Derby Double that begins with Friday's running of the Grade I Kentucky Oaks and concludes Saturday with the Kentucky Derby.
CHI TOWN CHALLENGE UPDATE
There are only 20 players left in Chi Town Challenge II from an original field of 2,437. Should there be more than one player left at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, May 4, closing day of the Sportsman's Park meet, the $5,000 will be divided among those players.
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