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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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Monday, March 09 2009


TRACK SUPERINTENDENT BARAJAS LEAVING ARLINGTON


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 9, 2009) – Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced that longtime track superintendent Javier Barajas is leaving Arlington to accept a position with the Dubai Racing Club.

“Javier’s care in the maintenance of Arlington Park’s turf course is a pivotal reason it has long been hailed as one of the world’s best and we will miss him,” Arnold said. “He also played a prime role in the successful installation of our Polytrack synthetic surface in 2007. Based on the reputation he earned during his many years as track superintendent at Arlington, we know Javier will rise to the challenges presented by his new role with the Dubai Racing Club and we wish him well.”





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Thursday, March 05 2009


ARLINGTON TO OFFER HALF-MILLION DOLLAR BONUS FOR MID-AMERICA TRIPLE SWEEP


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 5, 2009) – Arlington Park officials announced that they will offer a $500,000 bonus to the owner(s) of any horse that can sweep the Mid-America Triple at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

The Mid-America Triple is a three-race series for 3-year-olds that consists of the $150,000 Arlington Classic, the Grade II $300,000 American Derby and the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes. All three races will be run over Arlington’s world renowned turf course.





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Wednesday, March 04 2009


ARLINGTON QUALIFERS STRIKE IT RICH AT COAST CASINO’S HORSEPLAYER’S WORLD SERIES


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 3, 2009) – Two area residents who earned qualifying berths from Arlington Park for the 2009 Horseplayer’s World Series – Dave Sellner of Palatine and Dennis Lindbergh of Midlothian – posted top 20 finishes in the recently concluded tournament held at Coast Casino in Las Vegas. Sellner finished 10th, earning a prize of $6,800 for his placing, while Lindbergh’s 20th-place finish was worth $3,400.

The Trackside OTB Spring Live Money Contest Series begins Saturday, March 7 with the first of eight scheduled events in the Spring Handicapping Series at Trackside Arlington Park. The winner of each weekly contest will earn a berth into the expected 2010 Coast Casino’s Horseplayer World Series and an additional season-long “wild-card” berth will be awarded to the person with the best cumulative score over the eight contests who did not win an individual event in the series.





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Monday, March 02 2009


ARLINGTON PARK UNVEILS SEASON MEMBERSHIP PLAN AND 2009 ADMISSION PRICING STRUCTURE


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 2, 2009) – Arlington Park unveiled its 2009 admissions pricing structure which for the first time offers a limited number of season-long membership packages in the Arlington Racing Club for individuals and families as well as tiered daily admission that includes “Value Day Wednesdays.”

Each Arlington Racing Club package for 2009 includes a season pass (valid daily except Arlington Million Day on Saturday, Aug. 8), preferred parking, a wagering credit, guest passes available for one-time use, additional special offers, a monthly E-newsletter, and an invitation to special member’s only events.





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Monday, February 02 2009


TRACKSIDE OTB SPRING HANDICAPPING CONTEST SERIES TO COINCIDE WITH SEMINARS


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Feb. 2, 2009) – Arlington Park, which introduced its first live money handicapping contests in 2008, will again bring the popular contests to selected Illinois Trackside OTB locations during the Spring of 2009 to be held in conjunction with handicapping seminars at each location conducted by Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis.

All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club Center at the designated location on day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from that day’s card at Hawthorne Race Course.





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Monday, January 19 2009


Handicapping Seminars/Contests announced


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 19, 2009) – Daily Herald and horseplayerpro.com handicapper Joe Kristufek will be on hand “talking horses” at Trackside OTB locations as part of his fourth “Learn to Win” tour that will include a “Beat the Pro” handicapping contest element for the first time in the Winter/Spring of 2009.

Kristufek’s tour of Trackside OTBs begins on Friday, Jan. 30 at Trackside McHenry, located inside Nicolino’s Restaurant, 621 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. Kristufek will be on hand from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to talk racing, answer questions and help fans hone their handicapping skills.





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Friday, December 19 2008


TWENTY-FOUR HANDICAPPERS TO REPRESENT ARLINGTON PARK IN UPCOMING NATIONAL HANDICAPPING TOURNAMENTS


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Dec. 18, 2008) – A record 24 contestants from seven states will represent Arlington Park at upcoming national handicapping tournaments in Las Vegas. Nine handicappers earned berths in the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Challenge X (NHC) to be held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa on Jan. 23-24, 2009, while 15 others will compete in the 2009 Horseplayer World Series (HPWS) at The Orleans from Feb. 19-21. (The complete list of qualifiers appears at the end of this news release.)

For the first time in 2008 in addition to its traditional NTRA/DRF qualifiers, Arlington Park offered “live-money” contests, at the track itself as well as across much of its Trackside OTB network, and the success of those contests has lead to an expansion of the contests for 2009 to begin in the spring. Contest winners and other top tier finishers won $84,975 in prize money in addition to earning berths in the two national tournaments.





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