Racing & Wagering

Arlington to Offer HD Simulcast of Every Race during 2010 Meet

| Churchill Downs Communications | 04/20/2010 #

Arlington Park will offer high definition ("HD") simulcasts of all of its races when the historic Chicago area track opens its 2010 Thoroughbred meet on April 29. In doing so Arlington Park will become the only the fifth track in North America to offer a high-definition simulcast signal to on-track and simulcast patrons.

The HD simulcasts will be available at select simulcast outlets and at several on-track locations as well as on, the only online wagering platform to show HD signals, during the 91-day Arlington Park meet that will run through Sept. 26.

"The debut of high definition simulcasting at Arlington is another step in our continuing effort to improve the Arlington racing experience for our horsemen, on-track fans, and customers who will enjoy our races in OTBs, simulcast centers or the comfort of their homes on," said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. "The addition of HD simulcasting is just one of many improvements our guests will find when they come to Arlington Park this summer."

Arlington's high-definition simulcast will present live racing in full 16:9 HD format, offering customers a larger and clearer view of the race itself.  In addition, on-screen graphics and racing information will be presented in high definition within the 16:9 format allowing for additional, enhanced wagering information and previous race results provided by BRIS for both the on-track and simulcast customer.

Arlington has invested in state of the art hardware including Sony HD broadcast cameras to enhance the racing experience from the wide and tight race angles along with the paddock, winner circle and alternate finish line views.  More than 100 HDTVs on-track at Arlington Park will benefit from the high-definition signal.  Those televisions will be spread throughout the facility in both luxury seating locations and areas open to the general public.  Locations include the new Longshots Sports Bar (located on the east end of the Apron level), Silks Lounge, International Room, Million Room, Turf Club, Governor's Room, Gold Club, Terrace Café, Arc on the Apron, John Henry Suite, Million Suite, Beverly D. Suite and the Starting Gate Theatre.

Trackside Arlington Park will carry the HD broadcast from Arlington, Churchill, Calder and the Fair Grounds in 2010.

Arlington Park is also working with select OTBs and racetracks across the country to provide the technology needed to take advantage of high-definition simulcasts.

The 2010 Meet at Arlington Park will also be offered in a typical standard-definition format for facilities without HD technology in place.

The Arlington Park season will feature a 27-event stakes schedule with purses in excess of $5 million highlighted by the International Festival of Racing on Saturday, Aug. 21 featuring three Grade I turf races - the Arlington Million, the $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.