A joint dates proposal submitted by Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course was approved by the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday, leaving Chicago with 21 fewer Thoroughbred racing dates in 2016 than the year before, according to The Daily Racing Form.
Arlington's meet is down to 74 days from 77, while Hawthorne will be down from 83 racing days this year to 65 next year. The agreement keeps Hawthorne's purse structure the same but will boost purses for Arlington next year.
The 2016 arrangement is a one-year deal as officials hope that Illinois will soon pass legislation that would allow expanded gaming at racetracks.
The plan left Standardbred fixtures Balmoral and Maywood without any dates in 2016, a move that the tracks' ownership had previously said would likely lead to the sale of both facilities by the Johnston family.
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