illinois horse racing

Ride To The Million, International Festival Highlight Proposed Arlington Stakes Schedule Worth $3.6 Million

As Arlington gears up for the 2020 season, the Arlington Racing Department has released a proposed 2020 Stakes Schedule, conditional upon a contract between the track and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. The August 15th $1-million dollar GI Arlington Million is the highlight of the 18 stakes schedule worth $3,650,000. Opening on May 1, the highlight of […]

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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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‘Shroud Of Mystery’ In New Racino Plan For Balmoral Park

A real estate developer named Philip Goldberg has a new plan for Balmoral Park, a Chicago track which hasn’t hosted harness racing in four years. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Goldberg purchased the property from HITS Inc., which has held horse shows there for several years, and intends to turn it into a casino and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Jockey E.T. Baird Loses Illinois License Over Refusal To Take Breathalyzer

Stewards at Arlington Park have revoked the license of jockey Edward “E.T.” Baird for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test on multiple occasions, reports the Daily Racing Form. According to DRF, Baird’s license was revoked pursuant to the Illinois Racing Board rule which mandates license revocation after the fourth violation of the breathalyzer test […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Arlington’s Future, Sophomore Class?

The announcement this week from Churchill Downs Incorporated, owner of Arlington Park, that it would not seek a casino license for the racetrack under a new gaming law, rocked the Illinois horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the decision and the potential ramifications going forward. […]

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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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Payroll, Drug Testing, Oversight Are Concerns As Illinois Horse Racing Heads Into New Era

With the announcement earlier this summer that expanded gaming legislation had been signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, many horsemen breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they thought, a state which had struggled to be competitive with neighboring Indiana and Kentucky would finally be able to hold its own. It remains unclear when and […]

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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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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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