Something New, Something Old at Arlington

Something New, Something Old at Arlington
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Arlington's new logo.
Arlington International, Chicago's premier racetrack, is reverting to the name it had before the facility was destroyed by fire in the 1980s. Along with the new name, Arlington is sporting a new logo.

According to an announcement from the track, Arlington is reverting to the name Arlington Park that was used from its founding in 1927 until it reopened in 1989 as Arlington International.

"The new facility has introduced horse racing to thousands of new fans, while the park-like setting has helped longtime fans stay connected to their warm memories of Arlington Park," said Scott Mordell, Arlington's president and chief executive officer. "Arlington Park offers much more to friends and families than a typical racetrack. Including 'Park' in our name signifies the wide range of special experiences available to our fans."

While assuming its former name is symbolic of Arlington's traditions established before the fire, the new logo highlights Arlington's recent stock merger with Churchill Downs. The logo, part of a nationwide branding program for all Churchill-owned tracks, is an abstract depiction of the famous spires at Churchill Downs.

"Arlington Park's reputation and commitment to quality fits perfectly with the tradition of excellence associated with Churchill Downs and its premier event, the Kentucky Derby," Mordell said. "The market strength of our combined resources will enable us to better showcase Illinois horse racing to fans around the world."

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