illinois 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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Ahead Of Casino, Renovations, Hawthorne Sees Handle Increase, Bigger Field Sizes

With construction on the new casino and racing facility at Hawthorne Race Course just around the corner, the fall Thoroughbred meet concluded with increases in handle and field size. Additionally, a pair of new Hawthorne champions were crowned in the leading rider and trainer categories for the 32-day fall season. Removing two partial cards from […]

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Report: Deadline Has Passed For Agreement Between Illinois Horsemen, CDI

The legally-mandated deadline for an agreement between the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Arlington Park has come and gone with no signed contract. The Daily Racing Form reported that the two sides are in unfamiliar territory, with neither sure what comes next for the 2020 racing season. Illinois statute requires the horsemen and racetracks to […]

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Longtime Hawthorne ‘Quarterback’ Tom Carey Dies At 87

Hawthorne Race Course patriarch, Thomas F. Carey, passed away Tuesday at the age of 87 years-old in Florida.   Born November 11, 1932, Tom turned heads in the sporting world as an All-State quarterback at Mt. Carmel High School. Tom then went on to play football for four years at Notre Dame under legendary coaches Frank […]

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Plans For Suburban Chicago Harness Track, Casino On Hold After Governor Nixes Land Sale

Less than a month after being awarded 2020 racing dates by the Illinois Racing Board, a planned Standardbred track and casino in Tinley Park in the southwest Chicago suburbs has been put on hold by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who pulled the plug on a proposed sale of state-owned land that was to be used […]

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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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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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