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Barntowiretoo is a news and discussion site focused on Illinois and midwest thoroughbred and harness horse racing. It is dedicated to the memory of long time friend of Illinois racing and race horses everywhere, and founder of Barntowire.com, Janine Starykowicz.

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  • Sunday January 17

    Hawthorne Racino Project - 12/13/20 Update

    • From: ITHA

    New 12/13/20 photos from ITHA.

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  • Wednesday January 13

    Fonner Park racing will be open to public with safety precautions

    • From: KSNB

    Horse racing will be back up and running at Fonner Park in February, but in order for people to observe the races, officials are changing things up in order to comply with state and local ordinances.

  • Wednesday January 13

    Fonner Park can't hire casino operator until state forms Gaming Commission

    • From: Grand Island Independent

    While Fonner Park is waiting for the Nebraska Gaming Commission to be established, the Grand Island racetrack is talking with companies that might run a gaming operation there once the system is in place.

  • Saturday January 09

    Kentucky Supreme Court Historical Horse racing decision brings issues

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    With the Kentucky Supreme Court's decision that many Historical Horse Racing machines, the fuel that powers the state's racing circuit, do not constitute pari-mutuel wagering, the horse racing industry now faces problems.

  • Friday January 08

    Galloping Out Waiving Fee for Owners Donating Horses to the Program

    • From: ITHA

    Effective immediately and until further notice, Galloping Out is waiving the donation fee to place a horse in our program. We hope this will help encourage continued and robust owner participation in Galloping Out so that thoroughbred horses can enjoy productive and rewarding lives after they retire.

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  • Tuesday January 05

    BetAmerica Sportsbook To Rebrand Under Twinspires

    • From: Forbes

    The company announcement Tuesday that TwinSpires will now serve as Churchill Down’s all-in-one sports betting, online gambling, and parimutuel horse racing betting brand.

  • Sunday January 03

    Racing handle in 2020 only down 1.3%

    • From: Online Gambling.com

    Tracks closed, spectators were absent, and schedules were changed beyond recognition. Yet, amid a year unlike any other in Thoroughbred racing, the total 2020 US handle dipped only 1.3% from its 2019 totals.

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  • Sunday December 27

    Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Signed Into Law

    • From: Bloodhorse

    On the evening of Dec. 27, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus bill to provide government funding and pandemic aid. Signage of the bill removed the threat of a partial government shutdown that would have started Dec. 29 after a temporary spending law expired.

  • Friday December 18

    Kentucky Downs has two stakes elevated to Grade 2 status

    • From: Bowling Green Daily News

    Kentucky Downs announced Friday two stakes races for its annual meet have been upgraded to Grade 2 status for 2021. The $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup at 1 1/2 miles and the $500,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters both were elevated from Grade 3 to Grade 2 status for the upcoming year. In addition, the $750,000 Tourist Mile earned Grade 3 stature for the first time.

  • Friday December 18

    Arkansas Derby Preps Can Be Lasix-Free After State Signs Off On Revised…

    • From: Paulick Report

    Oaklawn Park will now have the ability to card Lasix-free stakes races after a state legislative review committee in Arkansas signed off on a series of racing rule changes Friday.

  • Thursday December 17

    Fonner Park going through the process of getting a casino

    • From: Nebraska TV ABC

    Casinos are getting closer to coming to Nebraska. Yesterday, Ho-Chunk Inc. announced the launch of its new division Warhorse Gaming. CEO of Fonner Park Chris Kotulak says they are interviewing a number of casino operators including Ho-Chunk Inc.

    With video.

  • Thursday December 17

    Canterbury Park 2021 Racing Dates Approved

    • From: Past The Wire

    Canterbury Park’s request for a 65-day 2021 thoroughbred and quarter horse racing season, May 18 through Sept. 16, was unanimously approved Thursday by the Minnesota Racing Commission. The Shakopee, Minn. track will conduct a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule with racing also on Memorial Day and Labor Day as well as Saturday, July 3.

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