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  • Sunday October 31

    Keeneland posts all-sources-wagering record for fall meet - Horse Racing Nation

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Keeneland posted a track record all-sources wagering total of $181 million for its 2021 fall meet, which ended Saturday. Keeneland noted in a news release that it offered a race-meet record $6 million in stakes purses and an expanded stakes schedule of 22 races during the meet.

  • Friday October 29

    'Archaic' horse racing laws led to decision to sell Arlington Park to…

    • From: Daily Herald

    Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen blamed "archaic" Illinois horse racing laws Thursday for the company's decision not to pursue additional gambling at Arlington Park and sell the property to the Chicago Bears instead. (Editor's note: No detail of what makes them allegedly archaic provided.)

  • Thursday October 28

    Chicago Bears Not Interested In Sharing Suburban Stadium Site With Horse Racing…

    • From: Forbes

    ... the Chicago Bears are not entertaining the possibility of continuing horse racing at Arlington Park if their purchase of the site is completed. Following a story in the suburban Daily Herald raising the possibility of a dual horse track-NFL site in Arlington Heights, the Bears reiterated their plans to raze Arlington Park and completely repurpose the land they’ve agreed to purchase for $197 million.

  • Wednesday August 04

    Longtime Fairmount jockey Gall dies

    • From: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A big part of St. Louis area horse racing left us earlier this week. David A. Gall, who spent almost all of his 43-year career at two area race tracks, defunct Cahokia Downs in Alorton and Collinsville’s Fairmount Park (now FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing), died Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania, at the age of 79.

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  • Tuesday August 03

    No Arlington race dates may jeopardize TwinSpires in Illinois

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Churchill Downs Inc.'s decision to not apply for Arlington Park race dates for 2022 could jeopardize the future of its Twin Spires advance deposit wagering platform Illinois. Arlington Park’s organizational license, which allows TwinSpires to operate in Illinois, ends Dec. 31. According to the Illinois Racing Board, CDI would need a deal with another organizational licensee to keep the platform running.

  • Sunday August 01

    Arlington Park bidder 'disappointed' that no race dates sought

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    One of the bidders in the Arlington Park property’s impending sale, Roy Arnold of the Endeavor Hotel Group, expressed frustration at a recent decision by Churchill Downs Inc. to not apply for 2022 racing dates. The move by CDI means that live racing is unlikely to occur next year at the historic track in the suburbs of Chicago.

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  • Friday July 30

    Arlington Park doesn't apply for 2022 race dates

    • From: Daily Herald

    Arlington Park and its corporate owner Churchill Downs Inc. did not apply for 2022 live horse-racing dates by a Friday state deadline, dashing distant hopes of owners, trainers and fans that the iconic racetrack might return for a last lap.

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  • Thursday July 29

    Arlington Park’s Refusal to Apply for 2022 Race Dates Will Preclude a…

    • From: ITHA

    Continuing their campaign to sabotage future gaming opportunities at Arlington Park, track executives are refusing to apply with the Illinois Racing Board for race dates in 2022.

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  • Tuesday July 27

    'It's A Reality Now': Arlington Issues Layoff Notices To Employees

    • From: Paulick Report

    Arlington Park employees received formal notice over the weekend that they will be laid off at the end of the race meet ... Layoffs are expected to begin on Sept. 25, the final day of racing.

  • Thursday July 15

    Arlington "Million Preview" Day Draws Kentucky Raiders

    • From: Bloodhorse

    s Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. prepares to sell Arlington International Racecourse for development, Kentucky-based horses are poised to grab the spoils on what's assumed to be the historic track's final "Million Preview Day" July 17.

  • Thursday July 15

    Historic American Derby Mirrors Illinois Racing Woes

    • From: Bloodhorse

    The 11-horse field for the July 17 American Derby is a striking personification of the problems that have forced Arlington International Racecourse to the brink of extinction. Three of the Derby entries, including the favorite, were last seen contesting the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. And two of those are based at Arlington, where purse cutbacks and an uncertain future have turned the facility into a virtual training center for some horsemen targeting out-of-town events.

  • Thursday June 24

    Illinois Racing Board Chair Seeks Talk with Churchill Downs Over Arlington Park

    • From: casino.org

    The chairman of the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) is seeking a conversation with Louisville-based Churchill Downs Incorporated to ascertain their plans once they’ve sold the historic Arlington International Racecourse in the Chicago area.

    The IRB chair said his reason for wanting the call was two-fold. First, Beiser said he wanted to impress upon Churchill Downs officials how the “uncertainty” surrounding Arlington has affected local horsemen. In addition, he wants to see how much the company will be willing to disclose about its plans for both the short- and long-term in the state.

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