Racing & Wagering

Arlington Park Announces Resumption of OTB Handicapping Tour

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/24/2009 #

Arlington Park, which introduced its first live money handicapping contests in 2008, will once again bring the popular contests to selected Illinois Trackside OTB locations during the Fall of 2009 to be held in conjunction with handicapping seminars at each location conducted by M. Scott McMannis.

McMannis is the Arlington handicapper for the Chicago Sun-Times and is the Midwest Correspondent for the HorsePlayer Magazine.   He is also the publisher of Arlington Trainer Patterns, Hawthorne Trainer Patterns, and the McMannis Speed & Trip Service Newsletter. 

"We wanted to make some of the attractions of our live meet available during the off-season to fans who frequent our parlors," explained Wesley Ward, marketing manager at Arlington Park.  "We had a great fan response when we combined a pre-race seminar with an afternoon handicapping contest for an activity-filled Saturday afternoon at each facility."

"Arlington's OTB Tour concept is a great idea," added McMannis.  "We offer some handicapping education, along with selections, in the pre-race handicapping seminar, then I am available all afternoon to answer questions and for follow-up discussions.

"Plus, every Saturday afternoon we feature a handicapping contest with a very generous prize structure," he continued.  "For example, the top finisher every Saturday will win a trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Coast Casinos World Series handicapping tournament where the top prize is estimated to be $300,000.  That means Arlington will be giving away nine such trips this Fall - I know of no other sponsor offering so much in a contest that is free to enter."

All players need to do to participate is purchase a $50 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club Center at the designated location on day of each contest and play a minimum of five races from that day's card  at Hawthorne Race Course.

The OTB Tour for this Fall will begin on the first Saturday in October and will continue for eight Saturdays with a Tour stop at a different Arlington parlor each Saturday.  Fans are encouraged to join the Tour and partake on as many Saturdays as possible so as to take advantage of each opportunity to win a trip to Las Vegas.  A complete Tour schedule will be announced soon giving the date and OTB location for each Tour stop.

Details for an additional OTB Tour this Fall featuring Daily Herald handicapper and Arlington Park morning line maker Joe Kristufek will be announced soon.