illinois racing

Legalization Of Online Gambling In Illinois Could Have $1.53 Billion Impact On Casinos, Racing Industry

Illinois stands to immediately add $130 million or more to state coffers in the form of a tax prepayment if state legislators legalize and regulate online gambling, according to a new analysis by OnlinePokerReport.com. The research comes in the wake of recent movement in the Illinois legislature to regulate online gambling, and it reveals the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Time Running Out For Illinois Racing

There was a time when slot machines at Illinois racetracks might have leveled the competitive playing field for the gambling dollar. Those days are over. With the General Assembly in Springfield scheduled to adjourn this Wednesday, the clock is ticking for an industry that has been victimized by old school Illinois politics. The racing industry […]

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Illinois Senate Backs Legislation Allowing Slots At Racetracks

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday again backed gaming expansion legislation that would permit slots at tracks for the purpose of enhancing purses. If this legislation is approved and signed into law, Illinois racing will again compete with tracks in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and other states already using gaming revenue to boost purses. The bill includes […]

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‘Headed In The Right Direction’: Handle, Field Size Up For Hawthorne’s Spring Meet

Despite a very wet month of April, handle and field size for the recently concluded spring meet at Hawthorne increased over 2016. On average, daily handle for the 2017 spring meet was $1,352,173, an uptick from the $1,343,819 wagered per day in 2016. Field size for the spring meet rose from 7.03 in 2016 to […]

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Illinois Derby Returns To Hawthorne On April 22

Illinois’ most historic thoroughbred race returns to Hawthorne Race Course after a one-year hiatus. The state’s namesake race was first run in 1923 at Hawthorne as traditional prep race for the Triple Crown and is currently the richest traditional dirt track thoroughbred race in Illinois. The 59th Illinois Derby presented by Xpressbet will be held […]

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Trainer Jeffery Lynn Loses Battle With Cancer At Age 53

Longtime trainer Jeffery Lynn, a stalwart on the Illinois and Arkansas circuits, lost a two-year battle with cancer on Saturday. He and his wife, Jane, had been married for 21 years, and he leaves behind two children, Dillon, 20, and Carson, 14. Lynn’s training career began in 1993, and his first winner, according to Equibase, […]

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Illinois Gaming Bill Advances, But ‘Major Hurdles Remain’

Statement from Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association: The Illinois Senate on Tuesday advanced the latest iteration of gaming expansion legislation that would allow slots at tracks for the purpose of enhancing purses. Senators voted 31-26 in favor of the bill, providing one more vote than the 30 votes necessary for passage. The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association […]

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Illinois Racing Board ‘Never Thought It Would Be So Hard To Give Away Half-A-Million Dollars’

Both the Illinois Racing Board and the state’s racetracks agreed Tuesday to a proposal that would transfer $500,000 of the IRB’s “surplus” in order to raise purses, reports bloodhorse.com, but the local horsemen’s groups expressed some concerns before the proposal was passed with a vote of 8-1. The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the Illinois […]

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Arlington: International Festival Of Racing Anchors $3.4M Stakes Schedule

Arlington International Racecourse has announced a 2017 stakes schedule that includes 20 stakes worth more than $3.4 million. Highlighting the schedule is the International Festival of Racing on Aug. 12 featuring the 35th running of the Grade I Arlington Million, the Grade I Beverly D., the Grade I Secretariat Stakes and the Grade III American […]

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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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