Due to the extreme heat, Arlington Park has moved its first race post time for its July 5 racing program to 5 p.m. CDT.
The track management made the announcement July 4 after officials consulted with the Illinois Racing Board, other racing interests, and the National Weather Service.
“By starting our races at 5 p.m. on Thursday, we can avoid the worst of the heat,” said Tony Petrillo, Arlington Park general manager. “The hour-by-hour forecast shows temperatures starting to fall by the late afternoon. That drop in temperature combined with the extra precautions that Arlington has implemented for hot weather creates a better situation for both the human and equine athletes as well as our fans.”
Thursday’s nine-race card was originally set for 1 p.m. CDT. Races are scheduled every 25 minutes and will be interspersed with live races from Maywood Park. The last live race at Arlington will run just before 8:30 p.m. CDT. General Admission is $6 while seniors 55 and older can get in for just $4. The July 5 card is the first Thursday program of the season.
Gates will open at the regular 11:15 a.m. time for those fans wishing to arrive early to bet races from tracks across the country.
Post time will revert to the regular 3 p.m. CDT schedule for the July 6 program.
With temperatures expected to moderate by the weekend, post time will be the normal 1 p.m. CDT for July 7-8.