ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 11, 2009) – Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced the promotion of two longtime Arlington Park employees, Ricardo Malagon and Gabriel Ruiz, to the positions of Synthetic Track Superintendent and Turf Course Superintendent, respectively.

Malagon and Ruiz succeed Javier Barajas, who resigned as Track Superintendent earlier this year to accept a similar position with the Dubai Racing Club.

“After conducting a thorough international search for a new Track Superintendent to replace Javier, we found we did not need to go any further than our own backyard, and it is especially rewarding to be able to promote from within,” Arnold said in making the announcement.

Malagon, a 20-year veteran of the track and turf department, has held numerous positions at Arlington since 1989, most recently serving as track foreman. He played a major role in the installation and maintenance of Arlington’s all-weather Polytrack synthetic racing surface.

Ruiz, who has been a part of the Arlington family since 1991, most recently held the position of turf course foreman. Ruiz was instrumental in the restoration of the turf course for the track’s re-opening in 2000 after having been idle for two years.