“Tony has been a tremendous help to me personally in my first year as president and he literally knows where every switch and nail is located throughout the 700,000 square feet of the Arlington Park grandstand," Arnold said in a track statement.
In his new role, Petrillo will supervise Arlington Park’s facilities, housekeeping, security, and track and turf departments. He will be responsible for the design, planning, construction and maintenance of the entire 325-acre facility, which includes the grandstand, backstretch stable area and parking lots. In addition, Petrillo will ensure that the track is in compliance with zoning, traffic and OSHA regulations, and will act as liaison with local government and state regulatory agencies.
Petrillo, 46, joined Arlington Park in 1994 as a business analyst, serving as a strategic partner to the president in real estate diversification and developing OTB locations. In 1999, when he was promoted to the director of facilities and operations, he took on responsibility for the company’s capital budget and strategic business initiatives.
Before joining the Arlington Park family, Petrillo served as project manager, then as the assistant director with the Illinois Racing Board, administering regulations governing horse racing and wagering.