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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, 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 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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Illinois: Trainer Frank Kirby Appealing One-Year Suspension

Trainer Frank Kirby has decided to appeal one-year suspension that he received from the Illinois Racing Board after one of his horses tested positive for methamphetamine. The Daily Racing Form reports that Kirby received the ban after his horse All My Secrets tested positive for meth after a second-place finish in the first race at Hawthorne Nov. 4. […]

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Illinois Racing Board Seeks To Add Budget Surplus To Purses

Illinois purse accounts could get more than a $1-million boost if legislators approve a bill filed Nov. 29 permitting the Illinois Racing Board to allocate excess operational funds for promotion. Senate Bill 3456, filed by Sen. Donne Trotter and co-sponsored by Sen. Pamela Althoff, amends an appropriations act by inserting the words “and promotion” to […]

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Coordinated Race Dates For Arlington, Hawthorne Proposed Friday

Arlington Park and Hawthorne Racecourse submitted coordinated race date proposals to the Illinois Racing Board on Friday, according to, marking the second straight year that the two Chicago-based tracks have done so. Last year, the compromise was facilitated by the collapse of Balmoral and Maywood Parks, to whom the IRB declined to grant dates. […]

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Lawsuit To Be Dismissed: Arlington, Horsemen Sign Two-Year Contract

Arlington Park and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association came to an agreement Friday night, signing the two-year contract required to begin the 2016 Arlington meet, reports the Daily Racing Form. As part of the deal, the ITHA agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it filed last week against Arlington, the Illinois Racing Board, and the Illinois […]

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