Arlington Park

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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ITHA: Churchill Downs Inc. Deceived Industry, Threatens Future Of Arlington Park

The following statement is from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association concerning the lack of agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on a 2020 contract to fund overnight purses at Arlington Park. According to the ITHA, under a new gaming law, tracks and horsemen’s groups are required to have a contract prior to the beginning of the […]

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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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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Racing’s Future In Illinois, Stud Limits?

In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick tackle several topics. They begin with a discussion of the latest developments in Illinois, where horsemen are at odds with Churchill Downs Inc. for its decision not to seek a casino license for Arlington Park. The discussion then moves to The Jockey Club, […]

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Jockey E.T. Baird Loses Illinois License Over Refusal To Take Breathalyzer

Stewards at Arlington Park have revoked the license of jockey Edward “E.T.” Baird for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test on multiple occasions, reports the Daily Racing Form. According to DRF, Baird’s license was revoked pursuant to the Illinois Racing Board rule which mandates license revocation after the fourth violation of the breathalyzer test […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Sting Left On Illinois Racing By Churchill Downs Inc.

You’ve probably heard the fable of the scorpion and the frog. A scorpion wants to cross a stream but needs help getting from one side to the other. He sees a frog and tells him of his desire, asking if he can ride across the stream on the frog’s back. The frog says, “Why should […]

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