The 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hosted by Arlington Park on Oct. 26 had an economic impact of approximately $57 million, according to a study performed by the Roosevelt University Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration.In addition, total new tax revenues for the state and local governments slightly exceeded $4 million and 580 new jobs resulted. "Hosting this Super Bowl of horseracing was a win-win for all," said Arlington Chairman Richard L. Duchossois. "In addition to the incredible economic impact in this uncertain economy, the beautiful Chicago Metropolitan Area and the State of Illinois received incredible world-wide exposure - something money just can't buy."
The 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships raced to a sold-out crowd of 46,113. A record was set for total wagering for the day of $115,523,156.