Monday, April 20 2009
Arlington Park News Release: Party in the Park returns May 22
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 20, 2009) – Once again this summer, Arlington Park will be “the place to be” to kick off your weekends with the Miller Lite Party in the Park on Friday afternoons. The popular promotion returns May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day, and runs through Sept. 4, the Friday before Labor Day. Post time Friday throughout the season will be at 2:30 p.m. (except July 3 at 4 p.m. and two post Labor Day Fridays Sept. 18 & 25 when post time will be 2 p.m.)
The Miller Lite Party in the Park features a combination of live music from top local bands or DJs, the excitement of live Thoroughbred racing plus food and beverage specials. In addition to the music element, Arlington will usher in new activities for 2009 including Baggo and other interactive games, plus guests will be able to have their pictures taken by an on-site photographer who will make the photos available to them online for free downloading.
Friday, April 17 2009
MILLER LITE SATURDAY TASTE OF SUMMER NEW FOR 2009 SEASON
An addition to the Arlington Park promotional calendar for the 2009 season is the Miller Lite Saturday Taste of Summer which runs from May 23, the Saturday before Memorial Day, through Sept. 5, the Saturday before Labor Day. The Miller Lite Saturday Taste of Summer features live music by popular local bands plus delicious food and beverage specials. First race and first song each week is at 1 p.m. (12:15 p.m. on June 6, July 11 and Aug. 8).
In addition to live music, the Saturday Taste of Summer will feature Baggo and other interactive games plus guests will be able to have the pictures taken by an on-track photographer who will make the photos available for them to download at no charge.
Wednesday, April 15 2009
Barn Notes: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
OAKLAWN TRIO FIRST TO ARRIVE AT ARLINGTON PARK FOR 2009 SEASON
With horse vans beginning to back-up on the access road leading into the Arlington Park stable area, a decision was made to spring the gates a few minutes ahead of the planned 7 a.m. opening, which pleased both the humans and equines patiently waiting in vehicles just outside the entrance.
First to arrive as usual was Steve Hobby, who drove his truck through the gates at about 6:50 a.m. ahead of the three Creech horse vans that were carrying a total of 21 horses for the affable trainer.
ARLINGTON PARK FAMILY DAYS, JUNIOR JOCKEY CLUB RETURN FOR 2009 SEASON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 14, 2009) – One of the best ways for a family to spend a Sunday afternoon together is at Arlington Park. Every Sunday from May 24 through Sept. 6 is a Family Day, which returns for the 2009 season with new themes that include partnerships with area sports teams including the Schaumburg Flyers and the Chicago Fire; area attractions such as Legoland, DuPage Children Museum and Brookfield Zoo; and three “family friendly” concerts.
Also on Sundays, children can sign up and participate in Arlington Park’s Junior Jockey Club, which is open to kids 12 and under. The Junior Jockey Club, which is free to join, educates children about Arlington Park and horse racing through hands-on activities and giveaways. Children 17 and under are always admitted free to Arlington Park. Post time on Sundays throughout the season is at 1 p.m.
Monday, April 13 2009
Stable Area opens Wednesday; Training begins Friday
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 13, 2008) --- Much in the way that pitchers and catchers reporting is a sign that Spring has arrived for baseball fans, horse racing’s “Spring training” begins with the arrivals of the first colts and fillies to a racetrack’s stable area.
“Spring training” at Arlington Park begins Wednesday, April 15, when the track opens its barn area at 7:00 a.m. Several outfits are expected to arrive throughout the day on Wednesday, the first day the track’s barn area is available for stabling for the 2009 season, which begins on Friday, May 1.
Thursday, April 09 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER TWO LIVE MONEY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 8, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be “live-money” tournaments and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2009, online at http://www.arlingtonpark.com
and clicking racing & handicapping and then handicapping contests.
The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will be responsible for purchasing a $500 wagering card at the time of registration, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.
Wednesday, April 01 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER PURSE ENHANCEMENT TO OVERNIGHT RACES WITH 10 OR MORE WAGERING INTERESTS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 31, 2009) – In a continued effort to provide the wagering public the best racing product possible, Arlington Park management announced that they have reached an agreement with the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (ITHA) to offer a bonus of up to five percent of the base purse of overnight races contingent upon the number of distinct wagering interests in the starting field.
The base purse of overnight races that leave the starting gate with 10 or 11 separate wagering interests will be increased by 2.5% while the base purse of overnight races that start with 12 wagering interests will receive a 5% boost. For example, should a maiden special weight race with a base purse of $28,000 leave the gate with 10 or 11 wagering interests, that purse will be increased to $28,700 and increased again to $29,400 should a full field of 12 betting interests start.
Tuesday, March 24 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER TWO LIVE MONEY DRF/NTRA QUALIFIERS DURING 2009 MEET
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 24, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be “live-money” tournaments and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2009, online at http://www.arlingtonpark.com
and clicking racing & handicapping and then handicapping contests.
The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries. Entry fee will be $200 per person with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will also be responsible for purchasing a $300 wagering card, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.
Wednesday, March 18 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TEAMS UP WITH CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS FOR “GLENN HALL HERITAGE NIGHT”
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 18, 2009) – Two mainstays of the Chicagoland sports scene since the Roaring Twenties are teaming up to honor a hockey legend on Wednesday, April 1. Arlington Park, Chicagoland’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack since 1927, has signed on with the Chicago Blackhawks, an “Original Six” National Hockey League club whose charter dates back to 1926, to be presenting sponsor for “Glenn Hall Heritage Night” at the United Center when the Blackhawks faceoff against division rival St. Louis Blues.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance at the United Center for “Glenn Hall Heritage Night” will receive a Glenn Hall collectible pin courtesy of Arlington Park and the Chicago Blackhawks. In addition, Arlington Park will have a significant presence during that game on the United Center’s eight-sided scoreboard as well as on the 360-degree LED displays that ring the arena.
TOP FINISHERS PREVIEW DAY TO GET ENTRY, STARTING FEES WAIVED FOR FESTIVAL
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 17, 2009) – Arlington Park officials announced that the top three finishers in each of the three graded stakes races on Million Preview Day, Saturday, July 11, will have their entry and starting fees waived for the corresponding International Festival of Racing event on Saturday, Aug. 8.
“By offering this incentive, we hope to encourage the connections of those horses which turn in strong efforts on Million Preview Day to participate in our International Festival of Racing,” explained Kevin Greely, Arlington’s Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary.
Tuesday, March 17 2009
General Admission, Reserved Seats On Sale Apr. 1
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 16, 2009) – General admission and reserved seats for individual days during the upcoming Arlington Park season as well as reservations for the Terrace Café will go on sale on April 1 at http://www.arlingtonpark.com
or by calling the Arlington Park reservations line 847-385-7410 while Million Room reservations can be made by telephone only beginning on April 1.
This is a departure from past policy which placed inventory for individual dates other than Arlington Million Day on sale 30 days before the date in question. In addition, for the first time guests can purchase reserved seats as well as general admission for Million Day online.
Wednesday, March 11 2009
$1.3 Million in Overnight Stakes for ‘09 Arlington Meet
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 10, 2009) – A schedule of 26 overnight stakes races worth an aggregate $1.3 million for the 2009 meet was announced Tuesday by Kevin Greely, Arlington Park Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary. The overnight stakes slate kicks off on opening day with the Timeless Native Stakes at one mile over Arlington’s Polytrack synthetic surface.
Each of Arlington’s overnight stakes will be worth $50,000, the minimum purse requirement for a stakes race to carry black-type designation in 2009.