Opinion: Illinois Racing ‘On The Brink Of Destruction’

by | 08.08.2017 | 8:55am
Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.

The G1 Arlington Million will be run for the 35th time this Saturday, and it has once again attracted several international competitors. The Million, along with the G1 Beverly D. and G1 Secretariat, can be considered among the top turf races in North America, and possibly in the world.

While the Million continues to do well and has strong support from horsemen throughout the industry, the same can't be said for the state of the racing industry in Illinois. In a recent opinion piece published in the Daily Herald, Barry Rozner wonders how many more editions of the Million will Arlington run, given the state of the industry in Illinois.

Rozner writes, “What was once a billion-dollar industry in Illinois — encompassing the tracks, breeders, horsemen and agribusiness that supports racing in so many ways — is shrinking by the day as neighboring states take advantage of the disaster that is Illinois politics.”

“We're very concerned about horse racing in this state. It's very, very fragile right now,” Arlington Park general manager Tony Petrillo told Rozner in an interview. “It's on the brink of destruction.”

Read more in the Daily Herald

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