illinois racing

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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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: Lawmakers Approve $3.6 Million Allocation From Breeders’ Fund

The following is a press release from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association: The ITHA is pleased to report that, thanks to our continued advocacy in Springfield, the state budget approved today by Illinois lawmakers allocates $3.67 million to support thoroughbred owner’s awards and Illinois stakes races. For the last two years, during the state’s budget […]

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