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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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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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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Racing’s Future In Illinois, Stud Limits?

In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick tackle several topics. They begin with a discussion of the latest developments in Illinois, where horsemen are at odds with Churchill Downs Inc. for its decision not to seek a casino license for Arlington Park. The discussion then moves to The Jockey Club, […]

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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 According to DRF, Baird’s license was revoked pursuant to the Illinois Racing Board rule which mandates license revocation after the fourth violation of the breathalyzer test […]

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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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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 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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