Illinois

Illinois Governor Signs Gaming Bill Into Law

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 690, the gaming legislation recently approved by legislators, into law on Friday, and the state’s tracks now have the authority to host slot machines and other casino-style games for the purpose of generating additional revenue to boost purses. The horse racing portion of this new law, which represents […]

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Streamline, Cammack Take State-Bred Turf Wins At Hawthorne

State-bred turf runners were featured on Saturday at Hawthorne with a pair of stakes returning to the schedule. A field of eight was featured in the Illini Princess Handicap for fillies and mares while nine males were sent postward in the Buck’s Boy Handicap. At the start of the Illini Princess, nobody seemed to want […]

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Illinois Racing Board Approves 2019 Dates; Hawthorne To Skip Winter Harness Meet

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Illinois Racing Board approved the official schedule of racing dates for the 2019 season, according to drf.com. The major change to the schedule is that Hawthorne will not be hosting a harness meet during the winter months. Instead, Hawthorne will return to Thoroughbred racing several weeks earlier than […]

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Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders Fund Receives $1.6 Million Boost From Lawmakers

The ITHA is pleased to report that the state budget approved by Illinois lawmakers, for the coming fiscal year beginning July 1, allocates $1,609,500 million to support thoroughbred owner’s awards and Illinois stakes races. Clearly, this is a fraction of the boost that Illinois horse racing truly needs to survive – let alone thrive. But […]

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Arlington International Offers $3.7 Million Stakes Schedule During 2018 Meet

A stakes schedule worth a total of $3,700,000 will be offered throughout the 2018 meet at Arlington International Racecourse, which kicks off on Friday, May 4. Headlining the 71-day season is the International Festival of Racing on Saturday, August 11. Three Grade I events over Arlington’s internationally acclaimed turf course are scheduled for the program, including the […]

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Illinois Breeders Add Their Weight To Lawsuit Battling The ‘Crushing Blow Of Recapture’

The following statement was released by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association: Illinois horsemen understand that purses must be much larger for our state’s racing industry to once again be competitive with those in other jurisdictions such as New York, Indiana and Arkansas. Breeders recognize this, too, and together we are taking action to make that […]

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Illinois Racing Board Approves 2018 Dates Despite Dire Financial Concerns

On Tuesday the Illinois Racing Board approved a similar 2018 racing schedule to that of 2017, but shareholders were sure to make it known that the industry will face dire financial straits without some kind of legislative assistance. According to bloodhorse.com, officials from Fairmount Park noted that they may have to cancel half-way through the 2018 […]

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Rivelli Saddles 500th Winner Over Arlington Track Friday

Arlington International Racecourse’s four-time leading trainer Larry Rivelli hit a new milestone when Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Do Not Enter gave “Riv” his 500th win at the Chicagoland oval in Friday’s second race. Since saddling his first winner in 2000, Rivelli’s operation has grown steadily through the years, culminating in successive training titles at Arlington over […]

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Legalization Of Online Gambling In Illinois Could Have $1.53 Billion Impact On Casinos, Racing Industry

Illinois stands to immediately add $130 million or more to state coffers in the form of a tax prepayment if state legislators legalize and regulate online gambling, according to a new analysis by OnlinePokerReport.com. The research comes in the wake of recent movement in the Illinois legislature to regulate online gambling, and it reveals the […]

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Illinois Derby Returns To Hawthorne On April 22

Illinois’ most historic thoroughbred race returns to Hawthorne Race Course after a one-year hiatus. The state’s namesake race was first run in 1923 at Hawthorne as traditional prep race for the Triple Crown and is currently the richest traditional dirt track thoroughbred race in Illinois. The 59th Illinois Derby presented by Xpressbet will be held […]

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