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Illinois Horsemen File Lawsuit Against Arlington Park, Breeders’ Group, Racing Board

The following statement was issued Monday by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association after it filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging tortious interference, coercion, defamation, and First and Fourteenth Amendment rights violations against Arlington Park, Illinois racing officials and the Illinois owners and breeders’ organization.  The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Inc. (ITHA) on Monday […]

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Block: Resigning Over Arlington Park’s ‘Hijacking’ Of Illinois Groups, Live Racing

(Editor’s Note: The following commentary on the state of Illinois racing was submitted by David Block, a leading Illinois owner and breeder. Block said it explains “Why I resign from the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Foundation and plead for an end to Arlington Park’s destruction of live racing and breeding in Illinois.”) I won […]

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Duchossois still involved in running of Arlington at 90

For Dick Duchossois, horses have been a part of his life since his son started showing the animals. In the late 1960s, Duchossois bought a racehorse that broke down in her first race under her ownership, but instead of discouraging the man, it sent him farther into the sport. Duchossois was Illinois’ top breeder for […]

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DUCHOSSOIS VS. CARROLL: NO LOVE OVER NASCAR

The partnership between former Turfway Park owner Jerry Carroll and Arlington Park boss Dick Duchossois always seemed like a strange one. Okay, they literally see eye to eye, since they share a similar physical stature, and both men were among the earliest proponents in horseracing for tracks to get slot machines or full-scale casinos. But […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: ONE DAY AT A TIME MICHAEL

By Ray Paulick Every kid should be so lucky to have parents like Sandy and Beth Straight. “They are very inspirational people,” said Nancy LaSala, executive director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The Straights are parents of 23-year-old twin sons, Michael and Matthew, who were living out their dream together as […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: CHURCHILL VS. HORSEMEN

Ray Paulick What in the world is going on inside the Churchill Downs Inc. executive offices? It’s slashed purses at Calder Race Course in South Florida by 17% and whacked almost $1 million from the fall stakes program at its home track in Louisville, Ky. Key management changes have been made at Calder and Fair […]

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DUCHOSSOIS GOBBLES UP CHURCHILL SHARES

By Ray Paulick Richard Duchossois, who became the largest shareholder in Churchill Downs Inc. when his wholly owned Arlington Park racetrack was merged with Churchill in September 2000, has been steadily adding to his holdings over the last 10 months. In September alone, the Chicago industrialist has purchased 17,296 shares of CDI. As part of […]

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