Racing & Wagering

Kentucky Derby Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day & July 3 Fireworks Spectacular Head 2010 Events Calendar

| Churchill Downs Communications | 03/18/2010 #


Arlington Park, which opens for the 2010 season on Thursday, April 29, has assembled an event schedule with something for everyone during the 91-day meet that continues through Sunday, Sept. 26.  Returning favorites include Family Day, Miller Lite Party in the Park and Miller Lite Taste of Summer. In addition to Arlington Million Day on Saturday, Aug. 21, the suburban Chicago track has planned four very special days not to be missed - Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 1; Mother's Day on Sunday, May 9; Father's Day on Sunday, June 20; and a Racing, Music and Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday, July 3.

On Kentucky Derby Day, those not able to get to Churchill Downs for the most exciting two minutes in sports can take in all the action from Louisville as well as participate in Chicagoland's Largest Derby Day Party at Arlington Park.  A special 12-race day will start at 12:15 p.m. and guests can wager on the entire Derby Day schedule of races from Churchill.  The first 2,500 guests to purchase tickets online at will receive an official Kentucky Derby mint julep glass and fans can enjoy Derby-themed food and beverage items including the Derby favorite - The Mint Julep.

In addition to pony rides and a petting zoo, racing fans will enjoy the swing sound of Bopology as part of Arlington Park's "throwback" theme. The family interactive area will include an activity where kids can make their own Kentucky Derby hats.

All-inclusive dining specials in the Million Room and in the International Room will highlight the day.  Go to for package details. Reservations will be accepted beginning April 1, 2010 at 847-385-7410.

Treating Mom and the whole family to Mother's Day at the races has become an Arlington Park tradition and 2010 will be no exception.  The first 7,500 ladies through the gates on Sunday, May 9 will receive a free rose.  There will be special Mother's Day Brunch packages in the Million Room and in the International Room for those looking for an upscale day at the races.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 847-385-7410 beginning April 1.

Of course there will also be pony rides and a petting zoo in the Park area to keep the kids happy.

Dads get their turn on Father's Day - Sunday, June 21.  A craft beer-tasting event, a cigar roller and an interactive area for Dad while the kids can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo in the Park area will round out the day.

Arlington Park's July 3 "Racing, Music and Fireworks" spectacular will feature the longest and largest fireworks display not only in the Chicagoland area, but also in Arlington Park's storied history.

The day's racing starts at a special twilight post time of 4 p.m. and the racing action - which features the Grade III $150,000 Chicago Handicap - will run nearly seamlessly into a spectacular fireworks display that gets underway at nightfall.  In addition, there will be live music on two stages and plenty of activities the entire family can enjoy.

The fireworks display, which will run more than 30 minutes, will be synchronized to a mixture of patriotic and popular music, and will encompass the entire infield area of the racecourse.

Packages combining general admission with a reserved seat for each of these premium days range from $10-$18 when purchased online and in advance or from $12-$20 when bought at the gate.  General admission each of these days will be $8 if purchased in advance online or $10 at the gate.  Tickets for all 91 days of the 2010 season go on sale on April 1.

Regular weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) and holiday packages that include general admission and a reserved seat will cost $8 if purchased in advance online or $10 at the gate.  For just $2 more, a guest can upgrade his or her experience to include a standard box seat, and for $5 more can further upgrade the experience to include an executive box seat (subject to availability).  General admission on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays will be $6 if purchased in advance online and $8 at the gate.

Each Thursday during the 2010 meet, admission with seating packages start at $6 when purchased online and in advance or $8 when bought at the gate.  General admission on Thursdays will be $4 if purchased in advance online and $6 at the gate.

In addition, the popular Seniors Day promotion returns for the 2010 season.  Each Thursday during the meet, guests aged 55 and older can purchase general admission for just $4. 

The entire 2010 event schedule follows:
April 29       Opening Day
May 1           First leg of Triple Crown: Kentucky Derby - Official of the Day: Mint Julep
                     Kentucky Derby Glass Giveaway *First 2,500 guests to purchase tickets online*
May 8           Chicago Symphony Orchestra Day
May 9           Mother's Day: Mother's Day Rose Giveaway
May 15         Second leg of the Triple Crown: Preakness Stakes
May 21-23    Guest Chef Appearance featuring Tony Mantuano
May 28         WXRT Live Remote with Lin Brehmer
May 29         97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament Kick-off Event
May 31         Family Day Kick-off concert event with Ralph's World
June 5          Third leg of the Triple Crown: Belmont Stakes
June 13         Horsepower! Road & Track
June 19         Prairie State Festival of Racing - Prairie State Mascot Day - 97.9 The Loop's Baggo            Tournament
June 20         Father's Day - Father's Day All-Inclusive Brunch
July 3           Independence Day Fireworks Celebration - Complimentary firecracker popsicle for all children under 12
July 4           Scouting on Track: Boy Scouts of America 100th Celebration
July 10         97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament
July 11         Fiesta in the Park
July 17         Million Preview Day Baseball Cap Giveaway *First 3,000 guests to purchase tickets online*
July 24           Pink in the Park benefitting the Chicagoland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
July 29         Blackhawks Legends Day
August 8      Family Day concert event with Justin Roberts
August 14     97.9 The Loop's Baggo Tournament
August 20     Dining with the Dynasties - Breakfast at Arlington
August 21     Arlington International Festival of Racing - Arlington Million, Beverly D., & Secretariat
August 22     Horsepower! Super Car
September 4       Labor Day Stakes Racing Extravaganza - 97.9 The Loop's Final Baggo Tournament
September 7       Labor Day Turf Showcase
September 12     Celtic Celebration
September 25     Rocktoberfest with 97.1 The Drive

September 26     Closing Day




About Arlington Park

Arlington Park - the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. - will run a 91-day meet in 2010 from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, Sept. 26. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities - Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam's Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino's featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, Tad's Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins.  Information on Arlington Park can be found online at

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