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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 Seeks Chief State Steward For Fairmount Park

The Illinois Racing Board announced this week it has begun a search for a chief state steward to be based at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. The position is a six-month seasonal position running from March to September 2020. The IRB is seeking candidates with college degrees, ideally in racetrack management or business, current accreditation […]

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Fairmount Park Adds 20 Race Dates To 2020 Schedule

Fairmount Park has been approved to host 60 races dates in 2020, an increase from the 40 held at the Illinois track this year. Track president Brian Zander told St. Louis Public Radio that the additional dates will require the track’s purse account to run at a deficit. “We’re going to pay it forward,” Zander said. […]

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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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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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