Dave Doeren concluded his summer of off-the-field adventures with a trip to Arlington Park Racetrack in the latest episode of the NIUHuskies.com web series “Doeren Discovers,” posted Tuesday on the Northern Illinois Huskies home page.
During a day at the track, Doeren and family picked their favorite horses and cheered them on (apparently Mrs. Doeren is a little better at spotting the winner), got a tour of the jockey’s room and a description of the preparation each rider goes through, posed with the winning horse of the Modesty Handicap, and offered a toast to the winning horse and owner.
It was a full day of activity at the track and introduced the Doeren family to another attraction in the Chicagoland area, while the Arlington Park race-goers were able to see and meet the Huskies’ new head coach.
This summer’s “Doeren Discovers” adventures have included singing the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field, driving a race car at Chicagoland Speedway and a tractor at Larson Farms, taking batting practice with the Kane County Cougars and skydiving in addition to the horse racing experience.
Soon, the real adventures begin for the first-time head coach. Doeren’s next “experience” will come next week as he represents the Huskies at Mid-American Conference Football Media Day at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday, July 26, and at NIU’s annual Chicago Media Day at Soldier Field on Wednesday, July 27.
For six weeks this summer, “Doeren Discovers” has introduced Huskie fans to their new head coach as he experienced the attractions of the northern Illinois region.
Each week, fans have been invited to answer a multiple choice question based on the video in order to win a chance to run out of the tunnel with the Huskies at the NIU-Wisconsin game at Soldier Field on Saturday, Sept. 17. The winning entry will also be on the field during the pregame build-up, and receive two club-level tickets, a parking pass and Huskie gear.
The winner of the “Doeren Discovers” Soldier Field experience will be announced the week of August 1, when a special compilation video will show the highlights of the six-week event. There is still time to enter, though. Simply, watch each of the six “Doeren Discovers” webisodes and correctly answer the question associated with that episode. Up to six entries per person – one per webisode – will be counted.