Arlington Park bidder 'disappointed' that no race dates sought

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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Arlington Park doesn't apply for 2022 race dates

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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Arlington Park’s Refusal to Apply for 2022 Race Dates Will Preclude a Future Owner from Racing Next Year

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

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.

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Arlington "Million Preview" Day Draws Kentucky Raiders

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.

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Historic American Derby Mirrors Illinois Racing Woes

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.

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

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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Arlington Track Proposals Due Next Week; Minor League Stadium Site?

The June 15 deadline for developers interested in purchasing the 326-acre Arlington Park race track property is not set in concrete, said Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes on Tuesday. Depending on what the track’s Request for Proposals attracts, owner Churchill Downs could reach an agreement and embrace one of the ideas or continue to seek more responses.

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Increased capacity at Arlington Park this weekend? Hold your horses

Although the state is letting businesses and other venues return to full capacity on Friday, Arlington Park officials are pulling in the reins on any immediate plans to add seats. "We've sold our seating packages through June, so it wouldn't be fair to some who bought those packages in advance to offer more desirable seats that weren't available under the previous phase," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington Park's president.

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'We can't force them not to sell': State lawmakers on likelihood of Arlington Park sale

"I don't think the governor can intervene in any sort of formal way," said state Sen. Bill Cunningham, the Senate's point person on gambling. "One thing I will agree with former Governor Edgar: There are many people who care about horse racing who are upset at Arlington/Churchill Downs/Rivers (Casino) for all the obvious reasons."

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ITHA Urges Illinois Attorney General to Launch Antitrust Probe of Churchill Downs Inc

ITHA President Mike Campbell urged the attorney general’s office to investigate whether Churchill Downs committed state or federal antitrust violations when it took a series of steps to preclude casino gaming and abate pari-mutuel wagering at Arlington Park.

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Former Illinois Governor Sounds Off On Intended Sale Of Arlington Park

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, a horse owner-breeder and racing enthusiast, has called on current Gov. J.B. Pritzker to use his influence to stop Arlington Park in Arlington Heights from being sold for development by its owner, the publicly traded Churchill Downs Inc.

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Illinois Racing Board Member Criticizes Churchill For 'Shortsighted,' 'Self-Defeating' Decision To ...

One member of the Illinois Racing Board, author and journalist Alan Henry, had a lot to say about Churchill Downs Inc.'s decision to put Arlington Park up for sale at the monthly board meeting. According to the Chicago Daily-Herald, Henry called CDI's refusal to sell the property to another racing entity “a shortsighted and self-defeating posture” that would irreparably tarnish the company's brand.

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Possible Suitors for Arlington Park, But Will Churchill Sell to a Racetrack Operator?

With the track having been put up for sale and with parent company Churchill Downs Inc. failing to commit to a meet after this year's season, Arlington Park's days may be numbered. But there may be a flicker of hope. Mike Campbell, the president of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, told the TDN that he knows of a number of companies and individuals interested in buying the track and keep it open for racing.

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Arlington Million Cut to $600K, Renamed for Duchossois

The Arlington Million (G1T), the first Thoroughbred race to offer a $1 million purse at its inception in 1981, will be run Aug. 14 as the Mister D. Stakes for a diminished purse of $600,000 as Illinois' three remaining grade 1s will be named in honor of former Arlington International Racecourse owner Richard L. Duchossois and his family members.

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Churchill Downs commits to horse racing in Illinois -- but not at Arlington

Now that Arlington International Racecourse is officially for sale, the owners of Churchill Downs Inc. on Thursday reiterated their desire to relocate Arlington's horse racing operations elsewhere in Illinois, despite questions over the process to do so.

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ITHA Statement: Illinois Horsemen 'Appalled By Churchill's Contempt For Live Racing'

Illinois thoroughbred owners and trainers appreciate the opportunity to race this year at Arlington Park, a world-class track, but are disappointed that Churchill Downs will renege on its longstanding promise to preserve and grow jobs in Illinois racing while also serving the best interests of Illinois taxpayers.

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Churchill Downs Announces It Will Sell Arlington Park

Churchill Downs announced Tuesday that it has launched a process to sell Arlington Park, which sits on 326 acres of real estate 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.

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