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.
The “Beat the Pro” contest is for anyone who signs up and uses their Arlington Cash Card or Account Wagering Card to place a minimum of five wagers. Anyone who posts a higher return on investment (amount won divided by amount bet) than Kristufek for the day will receive a portion of the $250 prize pool.
As an added bonus to all Trackside patrons on Kristufek's seminar days, Horseplayer PRO will provide complimentary copies of their highly successful PRO Alert, a national listing of horses entered to run that day off their exclusive "watch" list.
The final stop of the Winter/Spring tour will be a special Kentucky Derby handicapping seminar to be held Thursday, Apr. 30 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Trackside Arlington Park featuring Joe Kristufek and Arlington Park television handicapper Jessica Pacheco which will explore wagering and handicapping strategies in an interactive format. There will be no “Beat the Pro” contest at the special Derby seminar.
Dates for an additional Winter/Spring OTB Tour featuring Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis will be announced in the coming weeks.
Kristufek’s complete Tour schedule follows:
Date Location Time
Friday, Jan. 30 Trackside McHenry 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31 Trackside Waukegan 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 14 Trackside Chicago 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28 Trackside Quad City Downs 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, March 6 Trackside Lockport 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, March 13 Trackside Rockford 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 Trackside South Beloit 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, March 20 Trackside South Elgin 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 Trackside Waukegan 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, April 3 Trackside McHenry 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 Trackside Hodgkins 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, April 10 Trackside Lockport 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 Trackside Chicago 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 17 Trackside Arlington Park 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
* Thursday, April 30 Trackside Arlington Park 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
* Special Kentucky Derby handicapping seminar. No “Beat the Pro” contest associated with this Tour stop.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 98-day meet in 2009 from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at http://www.arlingtonpark.com.