Arlington Park

Arlington Park Delays Opening; Will Not Race In May Because Of Coronavirus

Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., will not open on May 1 as scheduled and an email from track officials to season box holders indicates there will be no live racing throughout the month of May because of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. The email states: “Taking into consideration the continued public health crisis posed […]

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Report: Three Illinois Racing Board Commissioners, Including Chairman, Resign

The Daily Racing Form reported late Thursday that three commissioners from the Illinois Racing Board resigned abruptly this week. Among them was board chairman Jeff Brincat, who had been appointed to the group in 2015. The resignations leave the board, which is meant to include 11 commissioners, with five. The group already had three empty […]

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Ride To The Million, International Festival Highlight Proposed Arlington Stakes Schedule Worth $3.6 Million

As Arlington gears up for the 2020 season, the Arlington Racing Department has released a proposed 2020 Stakes Schedule, conditional upon a contract between the track and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The August 15th $1-million dollar GI Arlington Million is the highlight of the 18 stakes schedule worth $3,650,000. Opening on May 1, the highlight of […]

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Report: Deadline Has Passed For Agreement Between Illinois Horsemen, CDI

The legally-mandated deadline for an agreement between the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Arlington Park has come and gone with no signed contract. The Daily Racing Form reported that the two sides are in unfamiliar territory, with neither sure what comes next for the 2020 racing season. Illinois statute requires the horsemen and racetracks to […]

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Illinois Horsemen: 50/50 Chance There Will Be No Purse Agreement For Arlington In 2020

In what continues to be a year of uncertainty for horsemen at Arlington Park, the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association told the Daily Herald this week that it’s possible the group will be unable to reach an agreement for racing at the track in 2020. The ITHA has been in discussions with Churchill Downs Inc., which […]

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Breeders’ Cup Buzz Presented By TVG: A Comeback Cup

The Breeders’ Cup is a traveling show, but it’s been a while since it’s set up shop at several points on the map, and there are a lot of tracks where the only bets on the event have been made over simulcast. In the Breeders’ Cup Buzz, we’re asking some notable Thoroughbred industry names about […]

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Commentary: Illinois Racing Abandoned By Churchill Downs; Regulators Should Hold Company Accountable

The Thoroughbred racing community watched in dismay when Churchill Downs sold California’s Hollywood Park to a real estate company that jettisoned live racing and then endeavored, at Calder Race Course in Florida, to replace live racing with jai alai. Now at Arlington Park near Chicago, we’re seeing Churchill again working to squelch live racing by […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Illinois Racing Board Backs Down, Includes Arlington Park In 2020 Live Racing Dates

The Illinois Racing Board backed down from what turned out to be empty threats to deny live racing dates to Arlington Park in 2020 after the track’s parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., said it would not seek a casino license at the suburban Chicago racetrack. One week after kicking the can down the road and […]

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