illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

Report: Deadline Has Passed For Agreement Between Illinois Horsemen, CDI

The legally-mandated deadline for an agreement between the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Arlington Park has come and gone with no signed contract. The Daily Racing Form reported that the two sides are in unfamiliar territory, with neither sure what comes next for the 2020 racing season. Illinois statute requires the horsemen and racetracks to […]

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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 Horsemen: 50/50 Chance There Will Be No Purse Agreement For Arlington In 2020

In what continues to be a year of uncertainty for horsemen at Arlington Park, the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association told the Daily Herald this week that it’s possible the group will be unable to reach an agreement for racing at the track in 2020. The ITHA has been in discussions with Churchill Downs Inc., which […]

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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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‘Stunned And Profoundly Disappointed’: Illinois Horsemen Respond To Churchill Downs’ Decision On Arlington Park

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Churchill Downs Incorporated’s announcement that it is not seeking a casino gaming license for Arlington Park under the recently enacted Illinois Gaming Act: We are stunned and profoundly disappointed by Churchill Downs’ decision not to pursue supplemental gaming at Arlington Park in […]

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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 Horsemen Pledge $1 Per Start At Arlington And Hawthorne To TAA

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has pledged $1 per start at Arlington International Racecourse and Hawthorne Race Course in 2019 to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. In addition to its support of the TAA, the Illinois THA created and supports Galloping Out, a TAA-accredited organization in North Riverside, Illinois that focuses on retraining, rehabbing, and adoption […]

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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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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 Horsemen File Lawsuit To Compel State To Replenish Purse Accounts

The following is a joint statement from Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association and Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association: Purse earnings support thousands of jobs throughout Illinois and sustain the horse racing industry. Horse owners, trainers, backstretch workers at the state’s three tracks, breeders, veterinarians, blacksmiths, thoroughbred jockeys and standardbred drivers, and […]

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