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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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  • Thursday October 22

    Spectators Allowed at Churchill's Fall Meet

    • From: Thoroughbred Daily News

    Churchill Downs will open its 131st Fall Meet Sunday, Oct. 25, by allowing spectators for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began this past spring. It will mark the first time this year that fans can attend live racing at Churchill.

  • 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.

  • Wednesday October 07

    Surprise parade helps Duchossois celebrate 99th birthday

    • From: Daily Herald

    Arlington Park Chairman Emeritus Richard Duchossois didn't have to go anywhere Wednesday to celebrate his 99th birthday -- the celebration came to him. Dozens of police, fire and other municipal vehicles joined others outside Duchossois' Barrington Hills home for a surprise parade to mark the occasion.

  • Tuesday October 06

    Chris Polzin Named Racing Secretary At Indiana Grand

    • From: Paulick Report

    Chris Polzin, longtime director of racing/racing secretary at Arlington Park, has accepted the same position with Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. Polzin will assume his new duties in Indiana beginning Monday, Oct. 26.

  • Thursday October 01

    PointsBet & Hawthorne Race Course debut Illinois' newest sportsbook

    • From: CasinoBeat

    PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course have debuted Illinois’ latest retail sportsbook entity, hailed as “the closest in-person sports betting destination to downtown Chicago”. The brick and mortar sportsbook at Hawthorne is the first of four Chicagoland locations that the companies will open as Illinois partners, with three off-track betting sites in Prospect Heights, Oakbrook Terrace, and Crestwood to follow in the coming weeks.

  • Tuesday September 29

    Urine, manure put into New Orleans' drainage by Fair Grounds prompts $2.8…

    • From: NOLA.com

    For at least six years, the New Orleans Fair Grounds put horse manure, urine and untreated wastewater into the municipal drainage system, which sent the pollutants into the London Avenue Canal, Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Monday September 28

    IHHA opposes Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

    • From: USTA

    The Illinois Harness Horsemen stand in staunch opposition to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA).

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  • Friday September 25

    Federal law adds much-needed oversight of all race day medications, not just…

    • From: Lexington Herald-Leader

    Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, which addresses racetrack safety and doping issues in Thoroughbred racing. The debate about drugs has gone on for years, and all too frequently, opponents of reform get hung up on Lasix. The heart of drug reform goes far beyond Lasix and needs to address the serious equine health problems brought on by performance-enhancing and misused therapeutic drugs.

  • Friday September 25

    New HHR Game Aims to Meet Supreme Court's Standards

    • From: Bloodhorse

    Hoping it can address through technology the Kentucky Supreme Court's concerns that its current historical horse racing operating system is not pari-mutuel, Exacta Systems will introduce a new HHR system that it says will qualify based on the court's Sept. 24 opinion.

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  • Thursday September 24

    Churchill Downs Incorporated Statement on Kentucky Supreme Court Ruling Regarding the Exacta…

    • From: PR Newswire

    Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) released today the following statement regarding the Kentucky Supreme Court ruling on the Exacta system used in historical horse racing machines (“HRMs”) in Kentucky. CDI does not use the Exacta system in any of its HRMs in any facility in Kentucky. We will work within our legal rights and in coordination with Kentucky legislators to ensure the ongoing legal operation of our HRM facilities in Kentucky so that we can continue to provide critical funding for the equine industry and support the citizens in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Although CDI does not use the Exacta system in question at any of our HRM facilities, we appreciate Ken

  • Tuesday September 22

    Kentucky might soon get a new harness racetrack and a new casino

    • From: calvinayre.com

    If some deep-pocketed backers have their way, Kentucky might soon get a new harness race track and a new casino. The majority owners of the Kentucky Downs horse racing track have partnered with the Keeneland Association to submit an application for a license in the Bluegrass State that would allow it to operate both options. If things go according to plan, the harness track would be set up in the city of Corbin, while the casino would be developed on the way from Corbin to Williamsburg.

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