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Arlington's Wagering, Attendance Gain

29 October 2002

ILLINOIS -- As reported by Bloodhorse: ``The 107-day 2002 Arlington Park race meet that concluded Sunday posted a 14.3% increase in total average daily wagering and a 4.8% gain in on-track attendance.

``These averages are for 106 days and do not include the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship attendance of 46,118, on-track and total handles of $13,568,209 and $115,523,156, respectively.

```The increases in both the attendance and handle can be mostly credited to the increased awareness about Arlington Park that resulted from our first opportunity to host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships,' stated Arlington Park President Steve Sexton. `In addition, a more aggressive marketing campaign led to a higher attendance on track, while a more extensive exotic wagering menu combined with additional awareness due to the Breeders' Cup attracted more dollars from out of state.' …"

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