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Arlington Park Rises From Ashes

21 August 2002

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois – As reported by Salon: "All the restroom innovations I've ever seen I've seen at airports: automatic flushing toilets, faucets, seat-protection devices. But the first automatic soap dispensers I ever saw were at a racetrack.

They were in a regular old public men's room, not in the luxury suites or anything, but just right there in the grandstand at Arlington Park, the thoroughbred track in Chicago's northern suburbs.

If you're the kind of person who likes the old-time atmosphere of the track, smoke-stained walls, sticky floors, old men in sweat-stained shirts chomping dead cigars and frowning over the Daily Racing Form trying to decide how to bet their retirement check, Arlington Park isn't for you. If the marble floors don't turn you off, the fact that you can practically eat off them might.

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