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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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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$12.2m in recapture fees to Illinois tracks

The Illinois Racing Board unanimously certified the dispersal of $12.2 million in recapture fees to the state's three horse racing tracks on Thursday ahead of the 2021 harness racing season.

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