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Arlington Park’s contents will be auctioned online, with the first batch of lots set to go on sale Tuesday. Arlington Park’s final day of racing was September 25, 2021. Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), owner of the racetrack, signed a $197.2 million purchase and sale agreement with the Chicago Bears in 2021, which was announced four days after sovereign sister won the last Arlington race.
As previously reported by TD Thornton of Daily Thoroughbred NewsGrafe Auction Company will proceed with the sale of the property on site.
Judd Grafe of Grafe Auction Company said horse racing nation that the company plans to conduct the Arlington Park auction in 11 to 15 separate lot groups. Grafe has not confirmed a date for the auction for bands other than the first. Grafe said he expects the website to be updated weekly and expects auctions to continue through August, September and October.
The first group of bundles focuses primarily on catering merchandise. The Grafe Auctions website lists 645 separate lots in the first group. The auction will take place on their website and the first lot is expected to go under the hammer at 10 a.m. EDT.
The first set of bundles includes a full range of catering products including tableware, dishes, utensils, kitchen appliances, shelving and dining furniture. Several batches of shelf-stable foods are also offered. The group also includes a few items less related to kitchen use, including vases, electronics, hardware, and a velvet Santa outfit.
The public will be permitted on site Monday afternoon between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT to inspect the first batch lots. The company will schedule other days for people to inspect future lots as auctions are scheduled. The public won’t be allowed through the entire building, but signage will be in place to guide those interested to the east loading dock entrance, where they can view the merchandise up for auction on Tuesday.