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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 Rules For Historical Horse Racing

Racing officials in Illinois okayed proposed rules Thursday that would allow historical horse racing machines in the state. The decision by the Illinois Racing Board comes after former attorneys for the group said they did not have permission to move forward under state law. The proposal now heads to the Illinois state legislature’s rules committee. […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System

Here we go again. Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine. Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the […]

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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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Petrillo: Historical Racing Not Viable Solution For Arlington

One week after the Illinois Racing Board moved to draft regulations for wagering on historical racing, Arlington International Racecourse general manager Tony Petrillo said the suburban Chicago racetrack does not view the machines as a means to compete against nearby casinos or bars and restaurants that have slot machines. “There’s very little revenue out of […]

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Illinois Racing Board Eyes Historical Racing Machines, Despite Legal Issues

The Illinois Racing Board has appointed a committee to draft rules for historical racing machines at state racetracks – even though the regulatory agency’s attorney said the legality of the betting machines isn’t clear. “I don’t know how we can draft rules to do something that can’t be legally done. That’s the problem,” the IRB’s […]

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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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Opinion: Illinois Racing ‘On The Brink Of Destruction’

The G1 Arlington Million will be run for the 35th time this Saturday, and it has once again attracted several international competitors. The Million, along with the G1 Beverly D. and G1 Secretariat, can be considered among the top turf races in North America, and possibly in the world. While the Million continues to do well and […]

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Illinois Racing Board ‘Never Thought It Would Be So Hard To Give Away Half-A-Million Dollars’

Both the Illinois Racing Board and the state’s racetracks agreed Tuesday to a proposal that would transfer $500,000 of the IRB’s “surplus” in order to raise purses, reports bloodhorse.com, but the local horsemen’s groups expressed some concerns before the proposal was passed with a vote of 8-1. The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Illinois […]

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Illinois Horsemen’s Organizations Urge Governor, Racing Board To End ‘Recapture’ Of Revenue By Racetracks

The following statement is from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association and Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association. In the words of the horsemen’s organizations, the statement is a “plea to Gov. Bruce Rauner: Join Us in Asking the Illinois Racing Board to Stop Racetracks from Raiding Purse Dollars and Destroying Illinois Jobs.” Illinois regulators […]

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