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Arlington's Derby Day crowd tops 23,000

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  • Arlington International Racecourse returned to live racing on Friday, and then hosted more than 23,000 fans for its Derby Day party on Saturday, which featured 12 races.

       Arlington International Racecourse returned to live racing on Friday, and then hosted more than 23,000 fans for its Derby Day party on Saturday, which featured 12 races.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
By Daily Herald News Services

Thanks to good weather, a large racing field and lots of Kentucky Derby interest, Arlington International Racecourse drew 23,186 fans to the track on Saturday.

That fan total represents the highest attendance at Arlington since the track became host of live racing plus the Derby simulcast in 2006.

Wagering at Arlington for the Derby Day crowd also was $138 percent higher than a year ago. Total all-source wagering on Arlington's 12-race card was more than $4.55 million, track officials said.

Arlington's 89-day meet runs Sept. 29.

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