Racing & Wagering

Crowd of 29,772 Welcome Haley Reinhart Home at Arlington Park

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/14/2011 #

A throng of 29,772 braved unseasonably chilly weather and damp conditions at Arlington Park Racecourse Saturday to witness an emotional homecoming performance by season 10 American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart, who hails from nearby Wheeling, Ill. 

The local Idol standout performed both on her own and with accompaniment by a band that included her parents while fans young and old alike showed their support for the area resident who advanced to the Final Three on “American Idol” earlier this week.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the enthusiastic response Haley received from her legion of fans and it’s easy to see why she has been successful,” said Arlington Park General Manager Tony Petrillo.  “We hope everyone had a great time at Arlington Park and we’ll all be rooting for Haley to be named the next ‘American Idol’ winner in a couple of weeks.”

The performance was the culmination of a day-long blitz of the Chicago area that began Friday night downtown Chicago for an appearance on the FOX-32 news, a Saturday morning appearance at a suburban AT&T store followed by a visit to her Wheeling High School alma mater. 

In the afternoon, Haley was in a motorcade that stopped outside Wheeling’s village hall where town officials welcomed Haley and her parents.  Then it was on to Arlington Park for Haley and her family.