Issue 65
December 4 - 10, 2001
Volume 2
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Arlington Park To Host
2002 Breeders' Cup

Aurora Casino Expands Parking Facility

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Arlington Park To Host
2002 Breeders' Cup

CHICAGO, IL - /AP/ - Arlington Park will host the "Super Bowl'' of thoroughbred horse racing next October when the Breeders' Cup comes to the Midwest for the first time.

The 19th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on October 26, 2002 will feature eight races with total purses of $13 million, highlighted by the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

"It brings our culminating championship event to the third largest market in the United States,'' said Tim Smith, commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Arlington closed for two seasons in 1998 and 1999 before owner Richard L. Duchossois worked out a deal with other racing interests, lawmakers and casino operators to make his track more financially competitive with the riverboats.

And last year as it reopened, Arlington merged with Churchill Downs, Inc., which has hosted five Breeders' Cups at Churchill Downs at Louisville, KY.

Arlington executive vice president Steve Sexton said the new seating would be phased in during next year's racing season. He said it had not yet been determined how many seats to the Breeders' Cup races would be available to the public or how much those seats would cost.

Arlington Park will host the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for the first time in its history.

Jockey Pat Day, a four-time Arlington riding champion and a four-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, said he's been presented with the perfect combination.

"With the great success I've had at the Breeders' Cup and at Arlington Park, I'm looking forward to it. I think I'm speaking on behalf of all the riders,'' said Day, who has career Breeders' Cup earnings of $21.7 million.

This year's Breeders Cup championships were held at Belmont Park.

Aurora Casino Expands Parking Facility

DALLAS, TX - Hollywood Casino Corporation announced on December 4 that it wil lease approximately 4 acres from the Aurora, Illinois, YWCA for the development of a new parking facility. The parking expansion will include a new parking lot, porte cochere entrance and a climate controlled walkway that will directly connect the new parking facility with Aurora's new dockside casino which is currently under construction. The new parking facility will increase the Aurora Casino's parking capacity by at least 30% and will significantly improve customer access to the property. The new parking lot will be the closest and most convenient parking facility for customers visiting the new dockside casino. The company anticipates commencing construction of the new parking facility in March of 2002 with the parking expansion, scheduled to be complete by the end of the second quarter of 2002.

Management believes that the new parking facility will enable the Aurora Casino to more fully utilize the spectacular new dockside casino that it is currently constructing. The new dockside casino will be connected to the property's existing pavilion in a seamless manner, providing a land-based feel for the property. The new dockside casino will have 53,000 square feet of gaming space on a single level, replacing the property's existing riverboats which offer 29,500 square feet of gaming space spread out on eight floors of the two boats. The superior quality and significant additional passenger capacity of the new dockside casino will position the Aurora Casino to dramatically increase its penetration of the largely untapped Chicago gaming market. The passenger capacity for the new dockside casino will increase by 70% to 3,200, from the 1,875 total passengers that can currently be served by Aurora's two existing riverboats. The new dockside casino will have a luxurious and richly appointed interior, and will feature high ceilings and wide aisles that will greatly enhance the comfort and feel of Aurora's gaming product. With the addition of the new parking facility, the total cost of the Aurora expansion is approximately $75 million. The Aurora expansion is proceeding on its construction schedule, which calls for the first half of the dockside casino to open by the end of the first quarter of 2002 with the full dockside casino operational by the end of the second quarter of 2002.

Hollywood Casino Corporation owns and operates distinctive Hollywood- themed casino entertainment facilities under the service mark Hollywood Casino in Aurora, Illinois, Tunica, Mississippi and Shreveport, Louisiana.

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