Illinois race dates

Coordinated Race Dates For Arlington, Hawthorne Proposed Friday

Arlington Park and Hawthorne Racecourse submitted coordinated race date proposals to the Illinois Racing Board on Friday, according to bloodhorse.com, marking the second straight year that the two Chicago-based tracks have done so. Last year, the compromise was facilitated by the collapse of Balmoral and Maywood Parks, to whom the IRB declined to grant dates. […]

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2016 Illinois Calendar Set With 21 Fewer Racing Days In Chicago

A joint dates proposal submitted by Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course was approved by the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday, leaving Chicago with 21 fewer Thoroughbred racing dates in 2016 than the year before, according to The Daily Racing Form. Arlington’s meet is down to 74 days from 77, while Hawthorne will be down from […]

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Arlington Releases Stakes Calendar; Million Set For Aug. 15

Arlington International Racecourse has announced a 2015 stakes schedule comprised of 18 stakes worth more than $3.5 million focused on the Arlington International Summer Stakes Spectacular in July and August when the track will play host to stakes events on nine consecutive Saturdays from July 4 through Aug. 29, including six stakes races for Illinois-breds […]

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Illinois Racing Board Cuts Chicago Race Dates by 21 Percent

The Illinois Racing Board approved a schedule on Tuesday that would slash the number of race dates in the Chicago area by 21 percent in 2015, moving from 189 this year to 150 next year. According to the Daily Racing Form, tracks anticipate they will not have casino impact fees going toward purses unless the state’s […]

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Illinois Derby Highlights Hawthorne’s Spring Meeting

The Illinois Racing Board unanimously approved the stakes schedule for the Hawthorne spring thoroughbred meet at their monthly meeting on Friday. The staple of the spring meeting, the Grade 3 Illinois Derby, will again be the highlight as it will cap a tremendous day of racing on Saturday April 19. With tough winter conditions early […]

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Illinois Lawmakers Running Out of Time to Approve ADW Bill

Racing dates in Illinois are coming down to the wire as lawmakers have yet to approve a bill that would renew advance deposit wagering to avoid massive cuts to horse racing in the state. The current law approving ADW is scheduled to expire on Jan. 31. The bill currently before the House will extend the approval […]

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Illinois Harness Horsemen Call for Action from Legislature

In a recent letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune, Dave McCaffrey of the Illinois Harness Horseman’s Association calls for the state’s legislature to renew advance deposit wagering in the state. Harness meets are scheduled to start on Feb. 5. Legislators will reconvene on Jan. 29. If ADW is not passed, racing dates in Illinois […]

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Clock Winding Down for Illinois Racing Season as Legislature Adjourns

The Senate Bill 66, which would resolve the funding issues for next year’s racing season in Illinois, was not called for a vote during Tuesday’s session of the state’s legislature, according to a Daily Racing Form report. The legislature had convened in a special session on Tuesday to address the Illinois pension system and did not […]

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2014 Illinois Racing Dates Remain in Jeopardy

Horse racing in Illinois remains in jeopardy as legislators have not yet renewed of an online gambling law set to expire Jan. 31. The law allows online wagering on races in the state and without it, dates at the state’s track would likely be severely cut back. Legislators may debate the issue in the fall […]

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Arlington seeks dates that could jeopardize Hawthorne meet

When the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) meets Tuesday, it will consider race date proposals that could drastically alter the state’s racing landscape, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Arlington Park has requested 2012 race dates that would eliminate Hawthorne Race Course’s spring meet and instead channel revenue from dark-day simulcasting on out-of-state racing […]

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