Battle Looms over Illinois Racing Dates
The Illinois Racing Board is scheduled to hear date proposals from Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course at its upcoming meeting Sept. 11.
According to the Blood-Horse, the proposals have overlapping dates, but what will likely be a bigger issue is what each track receives in simulcast revenue for dates when there isn't live racing in the Chicago area.
Both tracks fiercely debated over the allocation of ‘dark days' revenue last year, with the racing board requiring two votes before it could settle on a compromise solution. For 2014, Arlington has asked for revenue for the period from Jan. 1-Feb. 28. Hawthorne has requested the money from Jan. 1-Feb. 13, with a request to begin live racing Feb. 14, according to the Blood-Horse.
As for live racing dates, Arlington has requested to run April 21-October 7, operating four days per week. Hawthorne has live racing from Feb. 14-Feb. 28 (3 days per week) and March 1-May 10 (4 days per week). The track asked for a five-days-per-week fall meet from Oct. 1-Dec. 31.
Read more in the Blood-Horse