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POST TIME THURSDAY, JULY 5 MOVED TO 5:00 P.M.
After consulting with the Illinois Racing Board, other racing interests and the National Weather Service, Arlington Park management has adjusted first race post time to 5 p.m. for Thursday, July 5 it was announced today by track General Manager Tony Petrillo.
"By starting our races at 5 p.m. on Thursday, we can avoid the worst of the heat," Petrillo said. "The hour-by-hour forecast shows temperatures starting to fall by the late afternoon. That drop in temperature combined with the extra precautions that Arlington has implemented for hot weather creates a better situation for both the human and equine athletes as well as our fans."
Thursday's nine-race Value Day and Senior Day card was originally set for 1 p.m. and will be pushed back by four hours. Races are scheduled every 25 minutes and will be interspersed with live races from Maywood Park. The last live race at Arlington race will run just before 8:30 p.m. General Admission is $6 while seniors 55 and older can get in for just $4. The July 5 card is the first Thursday program of the season.
Gates will open at the regular 11:15 a.m. time for those fans wishing to arrive early to bet races from tracks across the country.
Post time will revert to the regular 3 p.m. schedule for Friday's Miller Lite Party in the Park program. Gates will open Friday at 1 p.m.
With temperatures expected to moderate by the weekend, post time will be the normal 1 p.m. for Saturday and Sunday. Gates will open both days at 11:15 a.m.