Battle Looms over Illinois Racing Dates

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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

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  • gary

    The racing board should not give the dark day revenue to either track. Hold it in a Horseman’s fund to bolster the anemic purses both tracks put out.

    • fb0252

      prefer to put extra revenue into marketing instead of ridiculously high purses, given the economic situation.

  • Chris Lowe

    Illinois, meet south Florida.

  • THE ENFORCER

    MR. D’S ‘GAME CHANGER’ COMMENT MEANS WHAT???..IS AP GOING AWAY??..

    RACING IN CHICAGO IS NOT VERY GOOD..THE BIGGEST ‘DECISION’ IN ILLINOIS RACING IS WHETHER THE IL. POLS WILL GIVE THE TRACKS SLOTS..WILL HAWTHORNE SURVIVE WITHOUT THEM??

    TO fb BELOW–HIGH PURSES–WHAT??

    TO CHRIS BELOW–YOU ARE CORRECT–COMPETING TRACKS IN BOTH MARKETS DO NOT GET ALONG!!

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