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Crowd of 23,079 Enjoy Chicagoland Largest Derby Party
A crowd of 23,079, the largest Kentucky Derby Day crowd since Arlington Park became the Illinois host for Derby in 2006, passed through the gates Saturday for "Chicagoland's Largest Derby Party." In addition to wagering on the Derby, local fans were treated to 12 live Thoroughbred races contested under near-perfect weather conditions.
Unfortunately, an equipment failure at the AmTote wagering hub in Portland, Oregon, caused a disruption in betting shortly before the start of the Kentucky Derby. This system-wide disruption affected not only Arlington Park, but racetracks, off-track betting facilties and account wagering platforms at various outlets throughout the country.
Though the equipment was restored to service prior to the start of the race, many fans were unable to place their wagers.
"We are sorry customers throughout the country experienced difficulty placing wagers on the Kentucky Derby and the undercard and we promise to get a full and complete accounting from AmTote of the failures today,” said Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery.
"We are sorry our local fans had to face a lengthy delay in being able to place wagers on the Derby and we will be working with AmTote, our wagering provider, to ensure the issue that caused the disruption Saturday does not happen again ," added Arlington Park president Roy Arnold.