Racing & Wagering

“Spring Training" at Arlington Begins with the Re-Opening of Mr. D.'s Sports Bar

| Churchill Downs Communications | 03/01/2011 #

When pitchers and catchers report to destinations in Florida and Arizona in baseball, it means Spring Training in baseball has begun.  In that same vein, the return of handicappers and bettors to the main building at Arlington Park signals the arrival of “Spring Training” for the tracks upcoming season – Opening Day Friday, May 6.

The newly rededicated Mr. D.’s Sports Bar, Arlington Park’s Chicago-themed sports bar, will be open each Saturday and Sunday beginning March 5 through May 1 for fans to watch professional and college sports as well as watch and wager on top racing from around the country.

Mr. D.’s will open each Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and offer free admission plus food and beverage specials including $3 domestic bottled beer, $15 beer buckets (five bottles), $4 24 oz. MGD drafts, $4 16 oz. domestic drafts, 35-cent chicken wings, eight jalepeno poppers for $4, loaded chili nachos $5 and more.

Guests should enter the Arlington Park grounds via the Gate 1 Wilke Road entrance and enter the facility through the Grandstand (east) entrance.

Fans will be able to keep up with all the sports and racing action on numerous large screen HD television monitors.  There will be live mutuel clerks as well as self-service machines available for wagering on races from Hawthorne Race Course and Fair Grounds as well as other top tracks from around the country as 3-year-olds nationwide embark on the Road to the 2011 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands to be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7 – the second day of racing at Arlington Park’s live meet.