Racing & Wagering

Mother's Day Attendance Gains Follow Opening Day, Kentucky Derby Party Gains Over 2011 Figures

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/15/2012 #

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 15, 2012) – Chicagoland enjoyed clear blue skies for Mother's Day 2012 and many families took advantage of that beautiful weather to enjoy mom's special day at Arlington Park. Attendance for Mother's Day at Arlington was 32,137 up 18% percent from the 27,246 that attended in 2011.

This significant gain followed substantial attendance gains posted the previous weekend for Arlington's 2012 Opening Day and Chicagoland's Largest Kentucky Derby Party.

Opening Day Friday, May 4, which featured nine races as well as the simulcast of the Kentucky Oaks, attracted a crowd of 9,307 which is 23% more than the 2011 figure of 7,596. It is also the 2nd largest Opening Day attendance of the last decade.

The following day Arlington Park hosted Chicagoland's Largest Kentucky Derby Party and attracted 23,085, the largest crowd ever for Derby Day at Arlington Park. The Derby Day attendance was 23% better than the 18,779 people than last year.

"These first two weekends have been a great start to our 2012 season," said Arlington Park General Manager Tony Petrillo. "We appreciate our customers support. It shows that the fans are enthusiastic about getting back to Arlington Park and we view this as a positive sign for the rest of the year. We can't wait to get back to racing this Wednesday. We have a great race card of full fields so we expect our momentum to continue."

When racing resumes on Wednesday, Arlington Park fans will be treated to an outstanding wagering card where pre-scratch field size averages 10.4 horses per race. In addition, there is a $113,635 carryover pool into the $1 Jackpot High 5 (Race 9), a $25,858 carryover into the 10-cent Pick 9 (starts Race 1), a $13,046 carryover in to the $1 Pick 6 (starts Race 4) and a $9,737 carryover into the 50-cent Pick 5 (starts Race 5) plus the regular Wednesday $40,000 guaranteed pool into the 50-cent Late Pick 4 (starts Race 6).