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Former Illinois governor pushes for slots bill

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar joined with fellow horsemen Monday to encourage current Governor Pat Quinn to sign into law a bill that would expand gambling in the state, including slots at racetracks. “Do I like everything in [the bill]? Not necessarily,” Edgar says. “But overall, I think it’s a good bill and it will […]

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‘Fab Five’ favored against jockey ‘Legends’ at Arlington

Press Release Odds have been set for the second-annual Legends Race at Arlington Park Friday, Aug. 12 pitting five legends of the saddles versus the top five riders in Arlington ‘s jockey standings in the “Arlington Fab Five vs. Legends” Jockey Challenge Wager. Arlington’s Fab Five – Jozbin Santana, James Graham, Eduardo Perez, E. T. […]

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Current, former jockeys to race at Arlington Park

Press Release Once again in 2011 as part of the festivities leading up to the Arlington Million, five retired jockey greats will return to the saddle for one race and square off against five of the top riders in the Arlington Park standings in the “Arlington Fab 5” vs. “Legends” turf race complete with pari-mutuel […]

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Arlington Park requests three night dates for 2012

As part of its request for 2012 racing dates, Arlington Park has asked the Illinois Racing Board to allow three weekend night cards next summer.  If the request is granted, the track would install temporary lighting, which is what Churchill Downs did the first year it hosted night racing in 2009.  Arlington chairman Richard Duchossois […]

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To cancel or no? Extreme heat prompts tough calls

With the recent heat wave forcing racing cancellations across the country, the Associated Press looks at what goes into a racetrack or state’s decision to run or call off the card: “Fairmount president and general manager Brian Zander said the decision whether to jettison a day’s events — in which eight races generally pay out […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Arlington Park’s Tony Petrillo

Tony Petrillo is in his first year as general manager of Arlington Park, but he’s far from a stranger to horsemen and fans at the suburban Chicago racetrack, having served in various positions there since 1994 before being named GM late last year. It’s an exciting time for Arlington Park. First and foremost, the 29th […]

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Night racing at Arlington Park next year?

Arlington Park will reportedly ask for a handful of night racing dates when it submits a 2012 dates request to the Illinois Racing Board Friday.  The Daily Herald says Arlington may follow the example of its sister track Churchill Downs and install temporary lighting next year with the goal being permanent lights if all goes […]

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Illinois lawmaker plays ‘keep away’ with slots bill

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is still mulling what to do about a bill that would add slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks and otherwise expand gambling.  But right now, he can’t do anything. State Senate president John Cullerton is using a little-known parliamentary maneuver to keep the bill in chamber so that Quinn can’t […]

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Court rules on Illinois battle between riverboats and racetracks

The 7th Circuit has ruled that an Illinois federal court cannot prevent a casino fund earmarked for the state’s racetracks from being distributed.  The subsidy comes from the four highest-earning riverboat casinos in Illinois and is used to supplement racing purses and pay for track improvements. But the casinos asked that the funds be frozen […]

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