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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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  • Saturday November 14

    Say goodbye to Fairmount Park. Racetrack partners with FanDuel, becomes FanDuel Sportsbook…

    • From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Fairmount Park, the 95-year-old horse racing track that has been waiting years for new revenue from casino gambling and sports wagering, is embarking on a new partnership that promises to expand sports betting, reinvest in the property — and change its name. In the race to offer online sports betting under Illinois’ new wagering law, Fairmount Park is partnering with New York-based online sports wagering firm FanDuel Group and renaming itself FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing.

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  • Tuesday November 03

    Nebraska voters saddle up a winner in allowing casino games at racetracks

    • From: Omaha World-Herald

    After at least four unsuccessful attempts at persuading voters to expand gambling in Nebraska in the past, pro-casino forces finally saddled up a winner on Tuesday. By a healthy margin, voters approved a trio of ballot initiatives aimed at allowing casino gambling at six licensed horse racetracks across the state and devoting some of the proceeds to property tax relief.

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  • Monday November 02

    Michigan's Northville Downs to run 54 racing days in 2021

    • From: igamingbusiness

    Michigan-based racecourse Northville Downs has announced plans to schedule 54 days of live pari-mutuel horse racing on Fridays and Saturdays throughout 2021, under an order issued October 27 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB).

  • Friday October 30

    MI Gaming Control Board denies Sports Creek's application for racing permits

    • From: WNEM

    Horse racing fans in Mid-Michigan will have to continue to wait for races to return to the area. The Michigan Gaming Control Board denied AmRace & Sports LLC's 2021 applications for Sports Creek Raceway near Flint. The application for race meeting and simulcast permits "did not comply with Michigan statutory licensing requirements," the gaming control board said.

  • Thursday October 29

    IL Gaming Board pushes back new casino license approvals six months due…

    • From: Chicago Tribune

    The Illinois Gaming Board pushed back approval for the state’s new casino licenses by at least six months due primarily to COVID-19 delays. The decision, announced at a special gaming board meeting Thursday, set an April 28 target for issuing preliminary approval for casino applicants in Rockford and Williamson County. The process may take longer for casinos in Waukegan and the south suburbs, where multiple applicants are competing for licenses. Earlier this year, an application for the Danville casino license was withdrawn.

  • Thursday October 29

    Illinois Gaming Board Green Lights Fairmount Gaming

    • From: Bloodhorse

    The Illinois Gaming Board gave final approval Oct. 29 for Fairmount Park in downstate Illinois to conduct sports wagering and tentative approval for the track's planned casino.

  • Wednesday October 28

    Prairie Meadows Stewards Hand Down One-Year Ban To Trainer Robert Roe

    • From: Paulick Report

    Trainer Robert Roe has been banned from racing for one year and fined $1,000, reports the Thoroughbred Daily News. The ban was handed down by stewards at Prairie Meadows Racetrack after Roe admitted to accidentally spilling a banned substance into an equine feed supplement, and his trainee Candy My Boy subsequently tested positive. The horse returned positive tests for active ingredients in a natural substance marketed as kratom after finishing second in races on Sept. 20 and Sept. 28. During a hearing on Oct. 22, Roe testified that he had purchased the substance for himself. He said he was aware he'd spilled the kratom into the joint supplement, but did not believe he'd spilled enough to affect the horse.

  • Tuesday October 27

    Baffert horse tests positive for dextrorphan at Del Mar

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    According to a complaint posted on the website of the California Horse Racing Board, the horse, Merneith, tested positive for dextrorphan following a second-place finish in the fourth race at Del Mar on July 25. The positive was confirmed in a split-sample test.

  • Monday October 26

    Is the casino "band-aid" falling off?

    • From: Trainer Magazine

    Casinos at racetracks were always seen as a band-aid—a temporary fix to horse racing’s massive problem of not doing enough business to survive, let alone prosper. What happens when the band-aid falls off?

    (Fairly uninformative story as far as addressing the headline subject matter, but includes comments from ITHA Dave McCaffrey)

  • Thursday October 22

    Another Failed Drug Test Is Linked to a Bob Baffert Horse

    • From: NY Times

    The filly Gamine, who tested positive for a banned substance in May, did so again in September after finishing third in the prestigious Kentucky Oaks, according to two people familiar with the results of the drug test who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

  • Wednesday October 14

    Nebraskans to decide fate of related casino gambling measures

    • From: Hastings Tribune

    Nebraska voters marking their general election ballots will pass judgment on a series of related initiative questions that together would allow for casino gambling at multiple locations in the state.

  • Friday October 09

    Report: Churchill Downs aims to have fans during fall meet

    • From: WDRB

    Churchill Downs is aiming to have fans at the track in a "limited capacity" during its upcoming fall meet, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form.

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