illinois racing

Hawthorne Cancels Portion Of Thursday Card Due To Melting Ice

Hawthorne Race Course canceled the last five races on Thursday due to unsafe track conditions. Rising temperatures started melting the underlying ice on the racetrack, causing uneven footing for the horses. After consultation between track officials and the jockeys, it was decided that, for safety’s sake, to cancel until Friday. All carryover pools from Thursday’s […]

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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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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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Paulick Report 6/28 News Minute Presented By The Queen’s Plate At Woodbine

The Paulick Report is your source for Thoroughbred racing news throughout each day. The News Minute is here to catch you up on some of the latest stories. In today’s edition, Scott Jagow shares business developments from two neighboring states. Plus, which celebrities are getting in on the action of the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill […]

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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 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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Fairmount Park Considers Reducing Race Dates If Expanded Gaming Legislation Fails

Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Illinois, like most of the other racetracks in the state and in the country, has struggled to fill races during its live meets. In 2017, the track held 41 days of live racing, which was the lowest its ever had. The facility has requested the same number of dates from the […]

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Hawthorne Gold Cup, Derby Back On Schedule As Track Readies For Start Of Fall Meet

As the five month summer harness meet has concluded at Hawthorne, the track conversion to a thoroughbred surface is complete with the fall racing season kicking off on Friday afternoon. A renewed interest from horsemen this fall at Hawthorne is shown in an increase in horse population from recent years on the backstretch. The cards […]

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Report: Arlington Adds Purse Incentives, More Stakes As Meet Enters Final Stretch

Arlington Park officials have announced that they are adding seven overnight stakes races – each worth $65,000 – to the remaining schedule this season. According to the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the overnight stakes will be run Sept. 2, 4, 9, 16, and 23. There will be two scheduled for each of the last two Saturdays of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Second City And Takeout Blues?

This weekend marks the 35th running of the Arlington Million in Chicago, always one of the highlights on the racing calendar. But the Illinois racing industry is currently in such dire straits, it’s fair to wonder how much longer the Million and Arlington Park will be around. Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the situation […]

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