Racing at Arlington to start in July after agreement reached between racecourse owners ...

After a weekend of negotiations that looked to break an impasse, representatives for Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association struck a deal Monday morning that paves the way for horse racing to begin next month at the track. “I’m thrilled to death that we got to the finish line,” David McCaffrey, ITHA executive director, said at the virtual Illinois Racing Board meeting Monday.

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Arlington, ITHA Arrive at IRB Meeting Without Signed Contract

For the third time in two weeks, representatives from Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) arrived at a crucial Illinois Racing Board (IRB) meeting without a signed contract for the 2020 meet, again putting in jeopardy the already delayed and curtailed summer racing season at suburban Chicago’s premier track.

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View From The Eighth Pole: Sad State Of Affairs At Once-Mighty Arlington Park

"Arlington Park could be up and running now, without spectators as most North American tracks are doing. It isn't operating because Arlington initially was reluctant to do what others have done, their management team saying they were different than all those others, that it didn't make economic sense for them to run without on-track customers. ... Arlington did an about face when the Illinois Racing Board threatened to take away their profitable host status for simulcasting this summer (including the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby) and give it to Hawthorne, so the south suburban track could begin compiling purse revenue for its fall Thoroughbred meet. ... Arlington has been dragging its feet in negotiations with the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on a contract for 2020 – something that should have been completed months ago. The track is insisting on a two-year contract at a time when no one has any idea what 2021 is going to look like because of the ongoing public health crisis."

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Arlington Summer Racing in Peril, No Agreement Reached

Two days of face-to-face negotiations between Arlington International Racecourse and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association ended June 7 without a deal, imperiling Arlington's already long-delayed season. The Illinois Racing Board deferred a decision June 5 on how to structure the second half of the Chicago-area racing year and organized the weekend meetings in hopes a deal could be worked out. Commissioner Thomas McCauley moderated the meetings.

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