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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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‘It’s Really Going To Save The Place’: Fairmount Park Outlines Gambling Expansion; Hawthorne To Cancel Spring Meet To Build Casino

The recent bill passed in Illinois to grow casino gambling and introduce sports betting is essentially going to save horse racing at Fairmount Park, the president of the track said this week. Brian Zander joined Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker at a Fairmount Park event to unveil tentative plans and provide more details about the racetrack’s […]

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‘Hope And Optimism’: Illinois Gambling Legislation To Put Casinos, Sports Betting At Racetracks

After more than 25 years of frustration, Illinois racetracks and horsemen will soon be able to better compete with neighboring states that benefit from casino revenue, thanks to omnibus gambling legislation that passed both the House and Senate in Springfield during overtime sessions this weekend. On Saturday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 690 by […]

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Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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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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Fairmount Park Considers Reducing Race Dates If Expanded Gaming Legislation Fails

Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Illinois, like most of the other racetracks in the state and in the country, has struggled to fill races during its live meets. In 2017, the track held 41 days of live racing, which was the lowest its ever had. The facility has requested the same number of dates from the […]

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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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‘Canada Is My Home Now’: Resilient Hernandez Poised For Top Season At Woodbine

Despite a wreck at Gulfstream Park in 2016 that could easily have ended his career, Rafael Hernandez has been determined to return to his career, according to thoroughbredracing.com. He broke his collarbone and several ribs, and also had to have his kidney removed as a result of that wreck. He should have been out for […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Getting A Charge From ‘Volt’

A horse of a lifetime can come from just about anywhere. For Ashley Thompson of Troy, Mo., he came from the backside at Fairmount Park and has turned out to be all she had hoped for and then some. If horse racing was a beauty contest, this guy would have been a Grade 1 star. […]

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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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